Women and Crime in Fiction and Film
This course explores women's subjectivity as author and protagonist and also the representation of women's relationships to law and order as detective and criminal in detective fiction and film from the 1880s to today. This course explores what happens to a traditionally male genre - the detective story - when women occupy the key position of hero, criminal, and/or author. Literary and cinematic examples of the genre will be explored, in conjunction with critical texts addressing issues of gender, nation, race, sexuality and class. Consideration is given on how the individual texts can be regarded as a challenge to the mainstream through an emphasis on anti-heroes, gender-bending, and formal stylization.