Golden Age of Detective Fiction

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Research a topic of your choice concerning Detective Fiction. This is not a ‘report’ but will require critical thinking, some research, and analysis.
Your three to five-page essay (with an accompanying Works Cited page) requires two to three scholarly sources. Do not summarize the selection that you have chosen to discuss.
This paper should be properly documented according to MLA format and must be the original work of the student. Plagiarism, whether intentional or not, will result in an immediate F for the assignment. Please see Student Handbook for details.
While you are free to devise your own topic, I have provided several suggestions below:
Suggested topics:
Golden Age of Detective Fiction
Subgenre of Detective Fiction (hard-boiled, cozy, etc.)
The role of the narrator in Detective Fiction (ex: the unreliable narrator in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)
The role of women in Detective Fiction (loyalty in “A Jury of Her Peers,” Caroline as detective in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon)
Irene Adler vs. the Victorian Ideal of Women
Disguise and Deception in Detective Fiction (“A Scandal in Bohemia” or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)
Ronald Knox’s “Ten Commandments of Detective Fiction”…The Detection Club (Select one work and analyze how it fulfills or breaks the commandments).
Thematic analysis of a selection (How is the theme relevant to detective fiction and society today?)
Compare the characters of Dupin and Holmes. You must discuss both differences and similarities, and make sure to cover the following topics (among others): methods, philosophies of detection, personality, relationships with others. Support your argument by referring to specific details from the stories we’ve read.
Compare and contrast the detective methods of Holmes and Poirot.

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