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ENGL 3175 American Crime in Literature and Film (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Gangsters. Gunslingers. G-Men. Why do these figures of crime—and, in turn, the policing of crime—so dominate the popular American imagination? And why do crime genres—noir mystery, prison melodrama, westerns, revenge narratives, police procedurals—populate 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

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Of special interest to American Studies minors.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17