Detective Fiction

Patrick S. Belk, Detective Fiction, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course examines detective fiction in terms of its history, social meaning and as a philosophical form of narrative. It also seeks to reveal the place and value of popular fiction both in our lives and the modern world. Discussions will focus on helping students to understand and use critical methods for the analysis
of detective fiction, while topics covered include history and development of detective fiction; describing
and defining the genre; and the collaborative roles of readers, writers, and editors of detective fiction.

Required Texts:

Texts can be downloaded from my website. The Pulp Magazine Project (URL available).

Syllabus: 

Scott A. Sheets, Detective Fiction, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course examines detective fiction in terms of its history, its social meaning and as a form of philosophizing. It also seeks to reveal the place and values of popular fiction in our lives.

Required Texts:

1. Mansfield-Kelley & Marchino, The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction, Pearson Longman, ISBN 978-0321195012
2. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dover Thrift, ISBN 978-0486282145
3. Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Vintage/Black Lizard, ISBN 978-0394758282
4. Nevada Barr, The Track of the Cat, Berkley, ISBN 978-0425190838
5. Hillerman, Tony; Skinwalkers, Harper reissue, ISBN 978-0062018113
OPTIONAL: Janet E. Gardner, Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide 3rd edition, Bedford St. Martin’s, ISBN 978-457606496

Syllabus: 

Scott A. Sheets, Detective Fiction, Fall 2014

Course Description:

This course examines detective fiction in terms of its history, its social meaning and as a form of philosophizing. It also seeks to reveal the place and values of popular fiction in our lives.

Required Texts:

-Mansfield-Kelley & Marchino, The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction, Pearson Longman, ISBN 978-0321195012

-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dover Thrift, ISBN 978-0486282145

-Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Vintage/Black Lizard, ISBN 978-0394758282

-Nevada Barr, The Track of the Cat, Berkley, ISBN 978-0425190838

-Janet E. Gardner, Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide 3rd edition, Bedford St. Martin’s, ISBN 978-457606496 (recommended)

Syllabus: 

Ann Rea, Detective Fiction, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course examines detective fiction in terms of its history, its social meaning and as a form of philosophizing. It also seeks to reveal the place and values of popular fiction in our lives.

Required Texts:

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: Complete Novels & Stories Vol. 1, Publisher: Bantam

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, Penguin

Dorothy Sayers, Strong Poison, Bourbon Street Books

P. D. James, An Unsuitable Job For A Woman, Touchstone

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Vintage

Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, Vintage

Tony Hillerman, Skinwalkers, Harper

Kathleen George, Taken, Dell

Tana French, In the Woods, Penguin

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