New Winter Course ENGL 255/355

WINTER 2014 "Crime and Mystery in Film and Literature" ENGL 255/355

ENGL 255/355       


MTWTHF 1 to 4 p.m.                                               

Professor Alexander Bove                                                         


Crime and Mystery in Film and Literature

This special topics course traces the history of the crime and mystery genres from the first authors of the detective story, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins in England and Edgar Allan Poe in America, to modern and postmodern tales of murder, mystery and intrigue, including short stories by G.K. Chesterton and Jorge Luis Borges. Alongside the literature, we will watch and discuss some of the great films of the suspense genre, from classics like Hitchcock’s Vertigo to modern masterpieces like the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men.  Class discussions will explore subgenres and literary/cinematic motifs such as the metaphysical detective, film noir, parallel realities, hallucination, dream-states.

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