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Modern and Contemporary Literature in Chinese 现当代中文文学: GEK1021 Crime Fiction in English and Chinese Reading List 中英文世界里的侦探小说参考书目

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GEK1021 Crime Fiction in English and Chinese Reading List 中英文世界里的侦探小说参考书目 (AY2016/2017, Semester 1)

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And then there were none / Agatha Christie.
London : HarperCollins, 2003.

Week 1   The Invention of Modern Detection
Edgar Allen Poe, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” 
Edmund Wilson, "Why Do People Read Detective Stories?" in New Yorker (October 14, 1944).
Tzvetan Todorov, "The Typology of Detective Fiction," in The Poetics of Prose (Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1977). (See workbin)  
Week 2   Poe and Variations: Expansions to the Form
Wilkie Collins, “Who is the Thief?” (See weblinks)
Mark Twain, “The Stolen White Elephant” (See weblinks)
Week 3   Meeting the Icon: Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (
Film assignment:
Sherlock (2010): Season 1, episode 1 “A Study in Pink.”   
Week 4   Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of Detection
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express.
   (Note: This assignment is longer; p lease make sure you start reading well ahead of time.)
Week 5   The Hard-Boiled Fiction and the Tough Guy 
Dashiell Hammett, “Too Many Have Lived,” and “A Man Called Spade,” in Kirby McCauley, Martin Greenberg, and Ed Gorman eds., Dashiell Hammett, Nightmare Town (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), 277-304, 305-320.
Frank Krutnik, “‘Hard-boiled’ Crime Fiction and film noir,” in his In a Lonely Street, Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity (New York: Routledge, 1991), 33-44. (see workbin)
Film: The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. 1941. 
Week 6   The Talented Criminals
We will watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960) during class.  For the tutorial session, choose ONE (or more!) of the following film(s) to watch and analyze it/them. 
“Stranger on the Train” (1951)  
“Rear Window” (1954)
 “Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
Recess Week (19 September – 27 September)
Week 7   Criminal Intent, Law, and the Forensic Gaze  
Sue Turnbull, “The hook and the look: CSI and the aesthetics of the television crime series,” in Michael Allen ed., Reading CSI: Crime TV under the Microscope, 15-32.
Film assignment: Choose ONE of the following TV series to watch and analyze them. 
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1, episode 1 "One"
CSI: season 1, episode 5 "Friends and Lovers"
Week 8   Crime in East-West Encounters
Jachinson Chan, “Sax Rohmer’s Dr. Fu Manchu: Scrutinizing the Inscrutable,” in Chinese American Masculinities: From Fu Manchu to Bruce Lee (New York: Routledge, 2001), 27-50.   
Film assignment:
Drums of Fu Manchu
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
Week 9   Translating Crime Stories 
Cheng Xiaoqing, "The Shoe," in Sherlock in Shanghai: Stories of Crime and Detective, translated by Timothy C. Wong, 1-44. (see workbin)
Wakeman, Frederic E. Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), 3-34.
Week 10 Remaking Judge Dee
"He Came With the Rain" from Robert Van Gulik, Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories (London: Heinemann, 1967), 44-72. (see workbin) 
Chen Chih-mai, “Robert van Gulik and the Judge Dee Stories,” Renditions: A Chinese English Translation. 
Week 11   Chinese Court-case Stories 
“Lion Cub Lane,” and " The Boot That Reveals the Culprit," from Y. W. Ma and Joseph S. M. Lau eds., Traditional Chinese Stories: Themes and Variations (New York: Columbia University Press, 1978), 479-501, 505-523.
Vincent Scarlett, “Some Chinese Detective Stories,” Magazine 1975.5: 110-117.    

Week 12   Hong Kong: Violence, Time, and Memory  
Film: Infernal Affairs (2002)
Law Wing-sang, "The Violence of time and memory undercover: Hong Kong's Infernal Affairs," Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 7.3 (Sep. 2006): 383-402. (See workbin)
Film assignment: “The Departed” (2006)

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