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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Crime fiction' covers a multitude of subgenres. This course looks at the one we now know as 'the thriller', beginning with the first recognized novel of a type familiar from print, film, and television, Erskine Childers's The Riddle of the Sands. We will address the question of whether crime fiction's attention to social problems is intended to alarm, polemicise and instruct as well as to entertain. You will be expected to have some knowledge of such authors as Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and Helen MacInnes.


Course dates

04 Dec 2015 to 06 Dec 2015

Course duration

1 weekend(s)

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Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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