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
Topics:
  • Literature
Description:
Introducing, as Sherlock Holmes put it, a “scarlet thread into the colorless skein of life,” the mystery novel has triumphed as a genre of creative invention and psychological richness. This course considers a selection of major British, French, and American texts that have entered the mainstream of 20th- and 21st-century literature, including chronicles of classic great detectives, hardboiled mystery masterpieces, studies of criminal psychology, and outstanding postwar noir and “Euronoir” fiction. Readings include Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles; John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps; Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon; Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca; Graham Greene, Brighton Rock; Kenneth Fearing, The Big Clock; Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep; Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train; Georges Simenon, Dirty Snow; Jean-Patrick Manchette, Fatale; P.D. James, The Lighthouse; and Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Course Open to: Degree Students