Fall 2012

Spanish Detectives and the género negro

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-312  |  Spanish, as SPAN-392

Formerly listed as: SPAN-90


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 392 and EUST 312) The Spanish detective narrative has developed as a manifestation of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spain’s confrontations with social and political chaos. Offering a critical examination of a genre that has both resided on and represented the margins of Spanish society, this course traces the rise of the Spanish género negro during and after the Franco dictatorship, through its arrival in recent years as a mainstream, exportable cultural phenomenon. Readings will consist of contemporary Spanish novels by authors such as Javier Marías and Antonio Muñoz Molina, critical approaches to the genre, and short narrative works from Latin America and the United States for a comparative perspective. Additional films and other media consisting of detective parodies, popular suspense tales, and new trends in historical investigation from Spain will also come under examination. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite:  SPAN 199, 211, 212 or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Brenneis.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2012