New Course: Crime and Mystery in FIlm and Lit

New Course: Crime and Mystery in Film and Lit. Offered Winter 2014 and Summer 2013.

WINTER 2014/ SUMMER 2013

Prof. Alex Bove

This special topics course studies the rise of the crime and mystery genres in film and literature. The syllabus will begin with the first authors to invent the detective genre, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins in England, and Edgar Allan Poe in America, and then pursue modern and postmodern versions of the genre from G.K. Chesterton to Jorge Luis Borges.  In class discussions we will explore subgenres and literary motifs including the metaphysical detective story, opium-visions, dream-states and madness. Alongside the fiction, we will watch and discuss some of the great films of the suspense genre, from early classics like Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Orson Welles’ The Third Man to modern masterpieces like Liliana Cavani’s Ripley’s Game and the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men.

Posted by Alex Bove ( on Apr 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

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