Crime fiction is a magnifying glass that frequently reveals the fingerprints of history before they become visible to politicians or journalists. (Mark Larson, The Guardian, 10/26/2012).
The popularity of Scandinavian crime fiction has led to a huge increase in the publication of crime fiction in across Europe over the past 15 years. The amazing growth and quality seen in translating European crime fiction into English has changed the English language reader’s world. In this class we will discuss crime fiction from several European counties including Germany, Ireland, Italy, France, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the five Scandinavian countries. We will consider the following questions. Does European crime fiction share themes and characteristics in spite of the historical, cultural and language differences among its countries? Do politics and landscape play different roles in crime fiction in different countries? Authors to be discussed include Jacob Arjouni, Benjamin Black, Andrea Camilleri, Antonio Hill, Luke McCallin, Adrian McKinty, Jussi Adler Olsen, Ian Rankin and Fred Vargas. European crime fiction TV series will also be discussed.