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Extension one Summary What aspects students must consider How CF adapted to different eras and cultures How these adaptations reflect the attitudes and values of these eras and cultures Why CF arose as a genre What social and cultural conditions have led to the appeal of CF The reasons for and validity of generic distinctions History of CF Early CF Edgar Allan Poe wrote The Purloined Letter Sensational novels - use melodramatic techniques to solve mystery Case book novels- short stories focusing on police procedures to solve the crime Sir Arthur Cannon Doyle creates Sherlock Holmes Clear conventions Eg disguise central to plot due to polices need to rely on disguise and informal methods of investigation due to their lack of authority of the time and societies dislike with police of the time The importance of reconstructing the crime For this point onwards CF became more popular while some focused on scientific evidence of the crimes others portrayed crimes that seemed beyond rational explanation but then eventually explained Golden Age of CF Post WW1-1930s was the period where CF became dramatically more popularThe genre began to diversify many new sub-genres were created Intuitionist Cosy CF Detective and intrigue are the focus Atmosphere is crucial Unrealistic setting and 2 dimensional characters Detective is divorced from danger of the crime but assesses all details Reliance on logic Not about life- stereotyped characters improbable coincidences and being unbelievable Normally traditional English dignitary and etiquette was affronted by a violent crime Agatha Christie A well-known author of the sub-genre Characters always stereotyped undeveloped and predictable Makes no attempt to create a believable presentation of real life as the mystery is the focus Seems to create almost a world for escapism as it is so divorced from the real world Highly sterilised no descriptions of body no shocking murders and within sensationalised environments on the Nile within high society Stoppard satirises many aspects
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