Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
What makes a good detective story? In this course, students will investigate the structure of the detective story and assess the influence of historical events on this popular genre. Over the course of the class, we will also look at the effect of "marginal" writers on the development of the genre. Students will use their greater understanding of the detective story to write either an analytical essay about one or two of the texts in the course or a detective story of their own.
Raymond Chandler The Long Goodbye Vintage 0394757688
Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express Berkley 9780425200452
Patricia Cornwell Blowfly Berkley 9780425198735
Walter Mosley Devil in a Blue Dress Wash. Sq. 0743451791
Sara Paretsky Hardball Putnam 9780451412935
Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Signet 9780451523938
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (available as an ebook through McDermott Library's catalog)
There will also be a number of readings either in a course packet or on electronic reserve at the library.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Assignments will include weekly responses, active class participation, a midterm, and a final paper, and they may include an in-class presentation.