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Amanda K. Henrichs (Section 01J)
Sherlock Holmes. Miss Marple. Judge Dee. Temperance Brennan. Precious Ramotswe. The Dude. Sam Spade. Batman. You might not know all these characters, but they share one thing in common: they have all been called detectives. Despite their other differences, they all seek to understand a problem; they are all in search of answers. It is probably this attempt to make sense of the world through a process of reasoning that makes the detective such an enduring figure in popular culture. In this course, we will model our own reading, writing, and thinking on the detective’s analytical processes. Through deep engagement with various media including film, television, books, and graphic novels, this course will attempt to understand the persistent fascination with the vibrant (and frequently difficult) figure that is the detective. Topics will include Sherlock Holmes (both early stories and recent BBC television adaptations), Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Gertrude Stein, The Big Lebowski, and more.
This intensive course will meet virtually two to three times per week (the precise frequency will be determined in the first two days of class meetings). As a literature-based and intensive course, expect to read up to 200 pages of a detective novel per week. Please contact the instructor with any questions.
Limited to 35 students. January. Visiting Professor Henrichs.
If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to first-year students and English majors.