A study of the use of "crime situations" as the central plot device in various types of narrative: novels, short stories, films, and television series. Specific topics vary by instructor.
Jinny Huh ()
Dates: May 18 - June 12, 2015
English 41: Murder and Mayhem in Fiction and Film. This course will explore the detective and mystery genre from its initial emergence with Edgar Allan Poe's detective trilogy and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales to contemporary adaptations by Sara Paretsky, Walter Mosley, Denis Lehane, Stieg Larsson, among several others. We will explore various categories of detective fiction, including the Classic tales, the Golden Age, the hard-boiled and film noir, multicultural detection, and lesbian narratives. Some questions the course will address include: Who is the detective figure and how do differences of race, gender, sexuality, and class affect his/her methods of detection? How do certain detective methods reflect the detective?s historical context? What are the detectives? limitations? How do these detectives comment upon and critique social and political concerns as well as ethical and moral problems? How do these narratives mirror and promote cultural norms and knowledges? What is the relationship between detective fiction and its audience? In addition to literary representations, we will also examine the detective figure in film and popular culture.
This is a reading intensive class. Students are also expected to participate in in-class presentations. Film screenings will be included during class sessions.
Quizzes, presentations, Midterm, Final, short paper.
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