Mystery Masterworks
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3834
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Fiction
Introducing, as Sherlock Holmes put it, a “scarlet thread into the colorless skein of life,” the mystery novel has triumphed as a genre of great creative invention and psychological richness. This course considers a selection of major British, French and American mystery novels that have entered the mainstream of 20th and 21st century literature, including chronicles of a variety of Great Detectives, whodunit masterpieces, hardboiled classics, and outstanding postwar Noir and "Euronoir" fiction. Readings: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles; Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Dorothy Sayers, Strong Poison; Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon; Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep; James M. Cain, Double Indemnity; Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train; Jean-Patrick Manchette, Fatale; P.D. James, A Mind To Murder.
Course Open to: Degree Students