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Research Paper Directions for Detective Fiction/Film Genre

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This article provides directions for writing a research paper on a specific academic subtopic within the detective fiction/film genre. It includes suggestions for general and specific perspectives, collecting sources, composing a proposal paper, and evaluating the final product.
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English 102/Hurley/The DetectiveRESEARCH PAPER DIRECTIONSYour research paper will explore—using academic research--a specific academic subtopic within the detective fiction/film genre. You will write a well-developed, argumentative, evaluative, research paper of 10-12 pages (not including works cited,title, and notes).You may begin with a general perspective:Detective Types: The Amateur Detective, the Private Investigator, the PoliceHistorical Perspective: Formative Years (1840s –WWI): From Poe to Conan DoyleThe British Puzzle (heyday between WWI and WWII): Queens of Crime (Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, etc.)The Hard-Boiled Sleuth (between WWI and WWII and beyond): Hammett, Chandler, Spillane, Black Mask Magazine, etc. New Directions (1980s +):Feminization of the Private InvestigatorFrom PI to Police officerGlobalization of the PIEmphasis on the criminal worldThe Detective in Film: Film Noir, British Whodunits, Police Procedurals, etc.Or you may start with a more specific perspective: Detectives and moral orderDetectives and the continuation of evilHow ethnicity affects detective genre conventionsThe influence of film on detective literatureIssues of class, gender, and race within the detective genreThe evolution of film noir and the detective storyHistorical perspective on the private detectiveWar and the private detectiveSexism/racism within the genreThe counter-culture private detectiveDon’t feel compelled to choose a perspective from these lists. You are free to come up with your own topic. Understand, however, that whatever topic you choose, the essay must offer a compelling argument on the topic—not just a summary of information. Your paper should be thesis driven and should offer something new about the topic. Working it out:
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