Course Goals:
1. Cultivate an understanding of the history of early English Lit. history.
2. Ability to analyze texts, reason effectively, and do close readings of texts.


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the genre of detective fiction in a globalized cultural field. Since this genre tends to focus on the individual (the detective) and has taken on so many different localized forms in countries around the world, the course also tries to explore the ways detective fiction can be understood from a number of interesting comparative standpoints. The structure of the course (see below) also tries to give a (roughly chronological) overview of detective fiction first, as it has grown up in the United States, and second, as it has developed outside the US, from England to Argentina, and Japan.