ENGL 3175 American Crime in Literature and Film (Fall: 3 )
Gangsters. Gunslingers. G-Men. Why do these figures of crimeand, in turn, the policing of crimeso dominate the popular American imagination? And why do crime genresnoir mystery, prison melodrama, westerns, revenge narratives, police proceduralspopulate American fiction and classic film alike? Finally, what do these stories of crime tell us about actual criminality, about corrupt cops and cities, or about how criminals and victims feel and act? This course focuses on the dominant crime genres in modern American literature and film, traveling through key figures of each: Hammett, Hitchcock, Highsmith, to name just a few.
Instructor(s): Christopher Wilson
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13