First-Year Seminar: Detective Fiction from Poe to Doyle


An introductory survey of the pioneers of the modern detective story. Works will range from those by Edgar Allan Poe in the 1840s to Arthur Conan Doyle´s Sherlock Holmes stories from the late nineteenth century. In between we´ll read works by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and a few less remembered writers. The broader historical context for our readings include the urbanization and mechanization of society, technological transformations that seemed to both empower and confine, shifts in social norms regarding sexuality and gender, and a grave concern about the ability of alien, exotic or bestial agents to penetrate domestic space-what is often called 'the homeland' in the mass media of our day. Course is for first-year, non-transfer students only.
Course Attributes: EN H; FYS; BU BA; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM

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First-Year Seminar: Detective Fiction from Poe to Doyle
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