Teaching Crime Fiction and Film

  • Sian HarrisEmail author
Part of the Teaching the New English book series (TENEEN)


This chapter outlines the many rich opportunities for discussion and analysis that can be catalysed through teaching crime fiction and film. Clearly organised into three case studies, the first reconsiders the value of the ‘canon’, in terms of the complex relationship between the BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles and Conan Doyle’s original text. The second focuses on the classic Hollywood version of The Big Sleep as a means to explore celebrity and commercial culture. The third moves to address film in translation, and opens up debates about industry trends through a reading of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Throughout, the chapter is attuned to student feedback and responses, and is informed by the writer’s practical experience.


Adaptation Archive Bogart, Humphrey Chandler, Raymond Conan Doyle, Arthur Fan fiction Film Larsson, Stieg Paratext Sherlock (BBC) Television Translation The Big Sleep The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Maltese Falcon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK

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