‘Maybe the Scottish have a dark sensibility’ says crime writer Graeme Macrae Burnet.
“Scottish Crime Fiction” has a long and distinguished history including R.L.Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. Today, Scotland is home to an amazing variety of crime fiction writing including Tartan Noir, psychological thrillers and mysteries with a historical setting. We will look at major themes found in Scottish crime fiction and ask how landscape, culture, and climate play a role in the work of Scottish writers. Does Scottish crime fiction share themes and approaches with Irish, Scandinavian and English crime writing? We will discuss many contemporary Scottish writers including William McIlvanney, Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Ann Cleeves, Alexander McCall Smith and Denise Mina. We will also discuss Scottish noir TV series and movies. Class participants will receive detailed reading lists and an introduction to internet sites devoted to Scottish and Celtic crime writing.