Detective Fiction

Course Number: ENGL 193
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 193
Quarter: Winter 2016
Instructor: Newfield, Christopher
Day(s): MW
Time: 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location: BUCHN 1920
Description:

Why is detective fiction so popular?  Why are good mysteries impossible to put down?  How do their plots and characters work?  In this course we’ll check the nineteenth century roots of the detective novel, sample its mid-twentieth century renaissance, and look at the foundations of the current mystery boom.  We will explore the rise of the "whodunit," the development of U.S. crime writing in parallel with the British tradition, and the "noir" vision of human nature and society that emerges from the crime tradition.  Authors covered will include Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Carl Hiaasen, Walter Mosley, Elmore Leonard, and Mo Hayder.  We will compare these books to several films, including Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, and Ghostdog.  Requirements: exams and two papers, one of which can be a detective story.