Criminal Elements: The Detective Novel and American Literature, 1920-2000

0201W [CRN: 25551]

For American authors, the crime novel has provided a critique of capitalism, a vision of queer desire, a record of racial violence and an experiment in modernist form. This course uses the detective genre to examine major movements in American literary and political history, ranging from prohibition to postmodernity. Authors: Hammett, Chandler, Highsmith, Himes, Nabokov, Auster. Films: Rear Window, Chinatown. Enrollment limited to 17. WRIT
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