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Fall 2013
Sep 29,2022
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LITR 212 - DETECTIVE FICTION AND FILM
(Formerly LITR 243) An attempt to trace the evolution of this varied genre, and of its dominant character, the detective and its counterpart, the "killer." Born of the Gothic tradition, the detective story asks basic questions: not just "whodunit?" but what is right and what is wrong? Where can justice be found? While we may read some European texts (Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon) the course will focus on American writers (Poe, Twain, Raymond Chandler, Himes, Highsmith, others), exploring why the form has enjoyed such relentless fascination cross cultures and for modernist and post-modernist alike. Much of our attention will be taken up with hard-boiled fiction and film noir (two well documented genres of crime stories). Thus, the course will also consider the role of the detective story in film. Americans usually consider film a commodity, but will treat it as an art form. To become discerning viewers we will acquaint ourselves with the terminology and methods of the film critic, and develop a refined appreciation for a medium we may often take for granted.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Literature Department

Course Attributes:
OLD GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, MJ-LITR-Int'l Litr Selec-Am.Li

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

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