ENGL 595 (M1) - Literary Topics

Top/Crime Fiction

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56861
Investigate in depth a literary topic of particular interest, in a course specially designed for both majors and non-majors. Themes vary from semester to semester--recent topics include the contemporary short story, Irish literature, animals in literature, and the literature of the Vietnam War. See the English Department for details of current offerings. May be repeated for credit, barring duplication of topic.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): ENGL 595H, ENGL 595W
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 T 6:01pm - 9:00pm PANDRA P345
Additional Course Details: 

We will begin the course by examining the origins of the crime fiction form, using Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes as our archetype. Moving our attention to the United States, we will study Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon to get a sense of what constitutes detective fiction, comparing it with other examples. England becomes the site of our examination of the mystery novel, where we will analyze "high" forms of the type, written by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, comparing the two authors' styles and approaches. The final component of the course scrutinizes the crime fiction form, looking at the French-based American author Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley and the recent work of English novelist Ruth Rendell.