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International Crime Fiction
ENGL 260
Spring 2015
Section: 01  

Sex, drugs, and brutality often come to mind when we think about contemporary crime fiction, but this genre actually contains much complexity and sophistication. Crime fiction provides meaningful revelations about the way our political systems function, and how clashes between poverty and wealth define our urban spaces. It can depict the relationship between marginalized minorities and mainstream society with uncompromising candor. It asks fundamental existential questions about human existence in the modern world. In this interdisciplinary course, we will read numerous works of crime fiction from various countries and consider the following questions: How does crime fiction differ from mainstream literature, if at all? How does crime fiction differ from narrative non-fiction about crime? Are works of crime fiction important social documents, or are they simply produced and consumed for entertainment and pleasure? Why are human beings attracted to stories about brutality and violence? And finally, and perhaps most vitally, what does crime fiction reveal about terms like truth and morality? We will also focus on crime fiction at the craft level. Why do crime stories draw readers in so quickly? How do they simultaneous entertain readers and deal with sophisticated literary, political, and ethical issues? We will reflect on these issues and themes during rigorous classroom conversations, short written reflections, and also by creating our own original works of crime fiction.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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