Exploring Genre: Crime Fiction

Author: Barbara Stanners, Publisher: Phoenix

Each title in this series of teacher resource books, intended for use with students in middle and senior secondary years, starts with a detailed definition of the genre, followed by an examination of a wide range of texts with:

  • background information
  • information about text and context
  • ideas on genre conventions, representation of themes, characters, style
  • suggestions and strategies for dealing with the texts
  • a wide range of student activities to suit different year levels, with emphasis on what is being said and how it is being said, with questions
  • response tasks

Exploring Genre: Crime Fiction is an invaluable resource with in depth analysis and student exercises to help students analyse, question, interpret and articulate their understanding of the text.



  • Defining Crime Fiction
  • Evolution of the Genre
  • Detective Story fundamentals
  • Typical Conventions and Motifs

19th Century

  • Edgar Allen Poe’s Detective stories
  • ‘Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’ - Sherlock Holmes
  • ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ - Conan Doyle
  • ‘The Shropshire Lad’ - Houseman

‘Cosy Fiction’

  • Defining ‘Cosy’ Fiction
  • The Mousetrap’ – Agatha Christie

Hard Boiled Crime Fiction/Film Noir

  • Defining Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction
  • ‘The Big Sleep’ - Raymond Chandler
  • Film Noir Conventions
  • Maltese Falcon – Radio Program
  • Noir Website

Mystery / Thriller

  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ - J.B. Priestley
  • ‘Dial M for Murder’ - Hitchcock
  • ‘Chinatown’ - R. Polanski

Contemporary Crime Fiction

  • ‘Skull Beneath the Skin’ - P.D.James
  • ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ - Tom Stoppard
  • ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ - Roald Dahl
  • Feminist Crime Fiction
  • Writing Crime Fiction
  • Crime Fiction Online
More Information
Year Level Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2007
ISBN 9781921085413
Subject English