About this unit
This online Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University explores the idea that pleasure and pain are never too far apart in popular culture narratives.
Key learning outcomes include the ability to critically examine the relationship between popular culture and the production of its genres.
You will also understand the history and influence of literary traditions on popular fiction genres, and learn to demonstrate rigorous standards of scholarship.
The unit also instructs students in applying theoretical knowledge of popular fiction genres into action in a range of modes.
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It’s recommended that you have completed the following units, or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
- Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
- Writing the Short Story
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance unit, the topics you will study include:
- Introduction: what is popular culture and how does it relate to the creation of popular fiction?
- Introduction to the popular fiction genres of crime and contemporary romance
- Case studies 1: an analysis of two popular fiction texts and their relationship to historical tradition and contemporary popular culture
- Crime module 1: hardboiled and noir. The development of the detective novel and the influence of film noir
- Crime module 2: writing crime. Techniques, genre specifications, and audience expectations
- Contemporary romance module 1: chick lit and lad fic. The development of the contemporary romance novel
- Contemporary romance module 2: writing chick lit and lad fic. The techniques, genre specifications and audience expectations
- Crime module 3: the rise of the anti-hero, the dick is the crim, the dick is a chick, the criminal as hero
- Contemporary fiction: the role of the familial in contemporary popular fiction narratives
- The popular fiction writer's boot camp: drafting, editing and refining popular fiction
- Contemporary romance module 3: departures and subversion, innovation in the chick lit and lad fic genre framework
- Crime module 4: departures and innovations. The emergence of neo-noir and post-noir formats and the rise of the blended genre form rise of the blend
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