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ENGL 7002 Gaslight to Noir: Writing Crime and Corruption (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course centers on American discourses of crime and corruption, starting with the mid-nineteenth century and extending through the early 1940s. Along with contemporary literary and cultural criticism on crime and corruption, course readings will include classic American fiction (for instance, novels by the likes of W.D. Howells, Henry Adams, Julian Hawthorne, Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Mark Twain or F. Scott Fitzgerald); texts by historians (e.g. on prisons, railroads organized crime, and street crime); some social and political theory (on muckraking, corruption, on crime and policing); some journalism; and some noir fiction (e.g. by writers such as Jim Thompson, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler). One short (4-5) essay evaluating a critical article; an ungraded in-class PowerPoint presentation; and a 10-12 page conference paper due at the end of the semester.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Christopher Wilson

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 19-Jan-17