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WLIT 095A ~ The Geography of Crime
CRN: 94875

Instructor: Anis Memon Lecturer in Romance Languages and Linguistics More . . .

Who likes a good mystery? Apparently, everyone. What started as an Anglo-Saxon literary genre has spread across the globe. Every culture seems to have adapted the characteristic features of mystery stories to reflect the desires and fears of its readership. What is it about mystery stories that is so congenial to writers of different countries? Why do mysteries lend themselves so easily to manipulation and adaptation? Are there, in fact, any indispensable characteristics of a mystery story? Through the discussion of novels and films from several countries, we will try to answer these questions as well as look at what parallel themes emerge from our texts, and what relation, if any, these have to the genre itself.

Requirements Satisfied: one Literature course
Meets: MWF 9:35am-10:25am