The American Detective Story: Poe to the Postmoderns
(Az amerikai detektívtörténet: Poe-tól a posztmodernekig) in spring 2015
, Tue 15:30–17:00
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-AMED-300 301
description & set texts
This course investigates American mystery, detective, and crime fiction. We shall start with the classic tales of Poe, Hammett, and Chandler, and then extend our interest to various subgenres: serial killer fiction, feminist crime fiction, and postmodern metafictional (anti-)detective fiction.
requirements & assessment
Students are expected to
(1) read the assigned texts,
(2) write plot summaries,
(3) give one presentation each of either a critical essay (MA students) or a literary text or film (BA students), and
(4) do the final oral exam.