Mystery Masterworks

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Mystery Masterworks

Summer 2021

Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns

Section: A

CRN: 2032

Credits: 3

A fusion of gothic fiction and the detective story, the American “noir “ novel is both a distinctive contribution to the mystery novel and an impressive genre in its own right. Simultaneously dreamlike and realistic, the Noir Novel’s mean streets and nightmare alleys, along with their world-weary heroes and femme fatales have evolved into literary and cultural symbols with archetypal resonance. We will explore these novels as expressions of social and political protest and commentary, but also as aesthetically satisfying depictions of an entire psychology, or even as a manifestation of a singular type of existential philosophy. Readings include major American precursors of noir as well as modern noir classics: Edgar Allen Poe, Murders in the Rue Morgue; Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland, Henry James, The Turn of the Screw; Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep; Dashiell Hammet, The Glass Key; James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice; Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man; William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley; Cornell Woolrich, Rendezvous in Black; Patricia Highsmith, Deep Water; Kenneth Fearing, The Big Clock; Chester Himes, The Real Cool Killers; Jim Thompson, Pop. 1280.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Friday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 23, 2021 (Friday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:55am 7/23/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/7/2021 - 8/6/2021