In this charming podcast, Professor Colin Bundy explores the rich history of detective fiction in Oxford, past and present.
Crime fiction is as popular now as ever, and Oxford has acquired a reputation as a capital of murder-most-foul since the genre was established. Indeed, the headcount of victims amongst fictional students and academics is worryingly high -- so in this wonderful podcast, Professor Colin Bundy is never short of material to draw on as he talks about Oxford’s place in the annals of murder mystery.
During his exploration, he seeks to establish just why Oxford is such an enduring scene for fictional killings. Prof Bundy touches on a broad range of crime writing set within the dreaming spires, from early works like J.C. Masterman’s 1933 An Oxford Tragedy all the way through to the modern Morse spin-off Lewis.
Of course, it’s difficult to say exactly why Oxford is such an attractive setting: it could be the myriad buildings that turn in on themselves, the melting pot of characters found within a typical college, or the fact that intellect lends itself so ably to a complex plot. It’s well worth listening to Prof. Bundy explore these ideas though -- because it might well save your skin when you next visit.
If you enjoy this podcast, do listen to the rest of the Oxford in Crime Fiction series, which features a talk given by Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series.