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Elements of Crime Writing Revision Booklet
In the case of Elements of crime writing, many of the texts pre-date the crime fiction genre that emerged as a recognisable literary genre in the mid- 19th century and with academic recognition in the 20th century. However, in all the texts a significant crime drives the narrative and the execution and consequences of the crime are fundamentally important to the way the text is structured. All set texts are narratives which focus on transgressions against established order and the specific breaking of either national, social, religious or moral laws. The focus in this component must be on ‘Elements’ and students need to consider the elements that exist in each of their texts. (Specification for English Literature A Level, Specification B, AQA)
On the following pages are the various ‘elements’ of crime writing (taken from the AQA syllabus for Literature spec. B). Use them as the beginnings of your revision. Add your own quotations and discoveries as you continue to deepen and explore your knowledge of the crime genre.
1) The type of the crime text itself, whether it is detective fiction, a post-modern novel, a revenge tragedy, an account of a life lost to crime Literary Criticism Genre as a whole Brighton Rock Atonement Rime of the Ancient Mar.
2) The settings that are created as backdrops for criminal action and for the pursuit of the perpetrators of crime: both places and times will be significant here Literary Criticism Genre as a whole Brighton Rock Atonement Rime of the Ancient Mar.
3) The nature of the crimes and the criminals, the criminals’ motives and actions Literary Criticism Genre as a whole Brighton Rock Atonement Rime of the Ancient Mar.
4) The inclusion of violence, murder, theft, betrayal Literary Criticism Genre as a whole Brighton Rock Atonement Rime of the Ancient Mar.

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