According to many scholars, the roots of the French "polar" that have influenced its development into a unique and popular literary genre are partially found in the American detective fiction of the interwar years, as well as in the 19th century French "roman populaire". This unit of study traces the history of the French detective fiction novel and the elements common to the genre. It exposes students to a variety of texts with a common setting: Paris. The unit addresses why the French capital has often been chosen as a setting for the genre, and how the representation of Paris varies from one "polar" to another.
1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
participation (10%), 1x 15min oral presentation (30%), textual analysis (1x2000wd or 4x500wd)(50%), 5x online quiz (1000wd equiv)(10%)
FRNC3002 or FRNC3633 or FRNC1632 or FRNC2633 or (FRNC3626 and FRNC2627) or (FRNC3606 and FRNC2627)