In the first module, we give you tips on how to best navigate through the course, its modules and units. Also you will discover more about the DETECt project. Through a case study we will introduce you to the topic of crime narratives in Europe.
Module 2: Crime Narratives and Contemporary European Society (University of Bologna)
In the second module, you will learn about the use of the crime genre, and noir in particular, as a form of social criticism. You will get familiar with the notions of glocalization and transculturality. You will reflect on how the cultural identities represented in European crime narratives are shaped by Europe’s history, geography and linguistic diversity. You will hear from the voice of bestselling crime writers how they approached the genre to engage with the social challenges faced by their specific communities, as well as Europe as a whole.
Module 3: History and Politics in European Crime Fiction (University of Limoges)
What are the similarities and relationships between crime fiction and historiography? We will try to find answers by examining how crime novels have recounted, revealed and reflected about some of the most troubling aspects of Europe’s past and present history.
Module 4: Nordic Noir: Style, location and the crisis of the welfare state (Aalborg University)
In the fourth module, we introduce you to the major features of Nordic Noir as a transcultural phenomenon in a Nordic and European context. You will learn about core examples of Nordic Noir and recognize the conspicuous role of place and location in especially television productions. You will also gain insights into how Nordic Noir has critically approached contemporary debates about the welfare state and problems of society.
Module 5: Mediterranean Noir: Migration & Transculturality (University of Bologna)
What is the connecting thread between Mediterranean Noir, migration and transculturality? In this module, we will provide insight into these aspects of the Mediterranean Noir, analyzing some iconic authors and considering the impact of this genre on Film and Television.
Module 6: Eastern Europe: Ethnicity & Diversity (University of Debrecen & University of Bucharest)
This module explains and illustrates the connections of crime narratives to the ways in which East-European societies confront their totalitarian past and the challenges of their EU integration. You will get familiar with the major trends in the production of East-European crime literature, film and television series. You will also learn how East-European crime novels, films and TV dramas have critically approached issues of gender, ethnicity, or social conflict.
Module 7: Conclusion: the Belgian Example (KU Leuven)
In this conclusive module, by taking the example of Belgian crime fiction as a case study, we introduce you to the controversial aspect of multilingualism. In addition, you will have the opportunity to discover the world of female crime fiction through the words of a contemporary crime writer.