Fall 2008

Spanish Detectives and the género negro

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-90


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


An examination of the Spanish detective narrative as a manifestation of Transition-era Spanish society’s struggles with social and political chaos. The course will incorporate short narrative from Latin America as well as comparisons to British and American conventions in order to convey the unique nature of the Spanish género negro during and after the Franco dictatorship, as well as in present-day popular works. It will include a critical examination of a genre that has both resided on and represented the margins of Spanish society and its foray in recent years into a mainstream and highly exportable cultural phenomenon. Where possible, film and other media will be incorporated. Conducted in Spanish. Requisite: Spanish 7 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Brenneis.