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The Detective Novel
English 857-005, Spring 2013
Tue, Thu 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

The Course
The detective novel is probably the most popular of all literary forms, and it has spread to virtually every part of the world. This course analyzes the global travels of this genre, considering the different permutations of the form in the different societies where it has prospered. Over the course of the semester, students will make connections between novels and nations, will develop different ways of “reading” a text, and will consider where their own personal reading of detective novels fits in. Particular topics we will analyze may include: the changing definition of crime; the evolving representation of the criminal; the changing methods for “solving” the crime; the ideology of justice; the conflicts between community and individuality; and the varying social and national anxieties that the form reveals.

This course fulfills GenEd Global requirement.

Required texts (available in the University bookstore):
* Deane Mansfield-Kelley and Lois Marchino, eds. The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction (2005) * Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four, ed. Peter Ackroyd (Penguin) * Vikram Chandra, Love and Longing in Bombay (Back Bay)

* Miyuki Miyabe, All She was Worth (Houghton Mifflin)
* Boris Akunin, The Winter Queen (Random House)

Note: Other editions (print and eBook) are acceptable provided that you’re able to access everything you need when you need it in a form you can comfortably read, mark up, and bring to class. Check Blackboard for the full list of readings required.

Assignments and Grading
Grading
Weekly Writings (10 at 5 points each)……………………..………..…....50 points (25%) Paper 1…………………………………………………………………….25 points (12.5%) Paper 2…………………………………………………………………….25 points (12.5%) Presentation……………………………………………………………….25 points (12.5%) Paper 3…………………………………………………………………….25 points (12.5%) Participation…………………………………………………………...….50 (25%) Total Points: 200 (100%)

Weekly Writings: Each week, there will be a graded writing assignment. This will usually be a Blackboard post completed by 9 am on Tuesday, but may also take the shape of an in-class writing assignment or quiz on Tuesday or Thursday. All assignments will be announced in advance.

There will be 11 Weekly Writings. The lowest one will be dropped (or you can skip one).

Paper 1 and Paper 2: Close-reading essays in response to a choice of prompts about the course readings. 3-5 pages each, due submitted to Blackboard by 5 pm on Friday.

Presentation & Paper 3: In this project, you will pick any detective novel you wish and research it in relation to its nation. The only restrictions are that it must be (a) definitely a detective novel, and (b) not something we’ve read for class, though you may read a different book by a course author. You may email me at any point during the semester to lock in your choice.

This project culminates in a 5-minute presentation in front of the class and a supplemental 3-5 page paper.

Research: We have a library portal at http://guides.temple.edu/english857, designed and maintained by a research librarian, which is an excellent place to start your research and refine your ideas.

Participation: As you can see from the point breakdown, participation is a vital part of this course, comprising a quarter of your final grade. Here’s what I mean by participation. * Doing all the readings. (You can expect about 100 pages per week.) * Marking up your book with your own comments and ideas.

* Bringing the readings to class so you can refer to them and your notes in detail. * Contributing to the class in the form of class discussion, group work, and in-class writing * Being respectful of your classmates and staying focused on the discussion. No phones, laptops, or other...
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