ENGL 3333-002 Dynamic Traditions Fall 2017

(Detective Fiction)

Tim Morris

1100-1150 MWF, 101 Life Science

Tim Morris office hours: 1000-1050 weekdays, 420 Carlisle Hall


office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

Required texts:

Books to buy:

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (July 12, 1988)
ISBN-13: 978-0394758282

Agatha Christie, The A.B.C. Murders
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 1, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0062073587

China Miéville, The City & the City
Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0345497529

Georges Simenon, The Shadow Puppet (trans. Schwartz)
Publisher: Penguin Books (April 28, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0141394183

Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Roseanna (trans. Roth)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (September 30, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0307390462

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, Last Rituals (trans. Scudder)
Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0061143373

links to on-line texts:

note: OPEN days have no initial scheduled class meeting but may become class days if we have intervening ice days

Fri 25 Aug: Introductions

Mon 28 Aug: S.S. Van Dine, Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories (1928) (short)

Wed 30 Aug: Raymond Chandler, Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder (1950) (short)

Fri 1 Sept: Tzvetan Todorov, The Typology of Detective Fiction (1966) (short)


Wed 6 Sept: Sophocles, Oedipus the King (late 5th c. BCE), trans. Ian Johnston (short)

Fri 8 Sept: Boccaccio, Decameron, Day 4, Novel 5 (c1350) (short)

Mon 11 Sept: OPEN

Wed 13 Sept: Voltaire, Zadig, Chapter 3 (1747) (short)

Fri 15 Sept: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, The Jews' Beech-Tree (1842) (short)

Mon 18 Sept: Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) (short)

Wed 20 Sept: Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter (1844) (short)

Fri 22 Sept: lecture: early police

Mon 25 Sept: Émile Gaboriau, excerpt from The Lerouge Case (1866) (short)

Wed 27 Sept: lecture: textual detectives of the C19

Fri 29 Sept: crowdsource: Sherlock Holmes

Mon 2 Oct: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Red-Headed League (1891) (short)

Wed 4 Oct: Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze (1892) (short)

Fri 6 Oct: crowdsource: Christie

Mon 9 Oct: Christie, The ABC Murders, 1936 (first half: chs. 1-17) (long)

Wed 11 Oct: lecture: The Golden Age

Fri 13 Oct: crowdsource: Golden-Age classics

Mon 16 Oct: Christie, The ABC Murders, 1936 (second half: chs. 18-35) (long)

Wed 18 Oct: lecture: hard-boiled

Fri 20 Oct: crowdsource: private eyes

Mon 23 Oct: Simenon, The Shadow Puppet, 1932 (long)

Wed 25 Oct: lecture: procedurals; cops on stage and in film

Fri 27 Oct: crowdsource: film

Mon 30 Oct: Chandler, The Big Sleep, 1939 (long)

Wed 1 Nov: lecture: postwar global detection

Fri 3 Nov: crowdsource: true crime

Mon 6 Nov: Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Roseanna, 1965 (long)

Wed 8 Nov: lecture: postmodern detection

Fri 10 Nov: crowdsource: global lit

Mon 13 Nov: Miéville, The City & the City, 2009 (first half: chs. 1-11) (long)

Wed 15 Nov: lecture: TV; crime consumerized

Fri 17 Nov: crowdsource: TV & games

Mon 20 Nov: Miéville, The City & the City, 2009 (second half: chs. 12-29) (long)

Wed 22 & Fri 24 Nov: NO CLASS MEETINGS (Thanksgiving)

Mon 27 Nov: OPEN

Wed 29 Nov: OPEN

Fri 1 Dec: OPEN

Mon 4 Dec: Yrsa, Last Rituals, 2005 (long)

Wed 6 Dec: OPEN

Wed 13 Dec: timeline projects due

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Most grades will be all-or-nothing, though partial credit is possible. There will be no make-up work.

Final grades will be on the standard 100-point scale (below 60, F; 60-69, D; 70-79, C; 80-89, B; 90-100, A).

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