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ERIC Number: ED091705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 10
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Studies in Scarlet: An Approach to Mystery Fiction as a Literature Elective.
Clarke, Stephan P.
This 20-week course in mystery fiction for high school students is designed to provide experiences in logical thinking, reasoned written presentation, the nature of literary analysis via the crime story, and the tools of research. Students should be able to (1) use their language well, (2) read critically with attention to detail, and (3) meet and successfully challenge the generalization, slanting, equivocation, and other logical fallacies. The Introduction Unit consists of Dorothy Sayer's essay "Aristotle on Detective Fiction" and a record and filmstrip set on logical thinking. It also presents a variety of class exercises which include problems in logic built from hypothetical murder cases, vocabulary drills, and working with such concepts as truth, falsity, validity, invalidity, the probable, the possible, and the major concept of mystery fiction: paralogism, the art of telling the truth in such a way that the reader is induced into coming to a false conclusion. The subsequent reading units consider plot, characterization, and setting and atmosphere. A review of the structural elements is the next unit, using in-class discussion of short stories. In the final unit, the students read, study, and prepare critical essays for each of two novels. (TO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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