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CCR199: The Fine Art of Murder - Reading Detective Fiction

This guide is intended for use by students in Prof. Luca Somigli's class.

Use Reference Sources

Search E-Reference Tools in order to find background and contextual information that will help you understand your topic well enough to start refining it. For example, you can find out about the genre, sub-genre, author and reception of the work, and era of literature.

Example: Searching Gale Reference Library

search: detective fiction agatha christie

notice: the search limits on the right-hand side

see result #1: Conclusion." Agatha Christie. Mary S. Wagoner. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1986. 141-143. Twayne's English Authors Series 432. Twayne's Authors on GVRL. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.

see result #2: "The Detective Novels: Finding the Form (1920–1929)." Agatha Christie. Mary S. Wagoner. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1986. 33-46. Twayne's English Authors Series 432. Twayne's Authors on GVRL. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.

  • this is not just about A. Christie but also about the Classic Detective fiction sub-genre: “Classic detective fiction calls for cerebral, rather than physical, action. Typically, the murderer conducts his business out of sight, and somebody discovers the body after the fact…”

Use Gabbi's Guide "Mystery Fiction: Selected Sources" to find a selection of Reference Tools