Seminar: (American) Detective Fiction - Details
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General information

Semester WS 2019/20
Current number of participants 27
maximum number of participants 23
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Thu , 17.10.2019 17:30 - 19:00, Room: (D, 2003)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(D, 2003) Thursday: 17:30 - 19:00, weekly (15x)

Module assignments


PLEASE BE AWARE: due to administrative circumstances, term papers for this class need to be handed in by February 28, 2020. In addition, only topics relating to texts we discussed in class will be accepted. This class should be attended in combination with the Übung taught by Alina Schumacher.

Crime Fiction in general continues to be one of the most popular literary genres. However, since its inception in the 19th century, especially the detective fiction sub-genre has significantly contributed to negotiations of concepts of crime, the criminal, and the law. Usually regarded as beginning with Poe's Dupin-Trilogy, detective fiction has proved to be a versatile, adaptible sub-genre that is also sucessfully used to address social issues within and beyond of what constitutes criminal behavior.

So, how did it all begin? What constitutes the Great Detective? How can classical elements be adapted to express and enforce social change? These are questions this seminar will be concerned with.

Besides taking a look at how it all started with Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and the birth of the Great Detective - enter Sherlock Holmes - we will take a look not only at turn-of-the-century detective fiction but expand our discussions to more recent publications, i.e. turn-of-the-millenium detective fiction, all the while focusing on developments in American literature. Besides short stories and novels, this class will also take into account detective fiction on TV or film.

The "required reading" - list will be added to this description shortly.

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The course is part of admission "ELW/ ALW/ NELK: BA/ LA Aufbaumodul (Proseminar)".
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