Course Descriptions

ENG 109 - Detective Fiction

3 Credits

Students will read classic and contemporary short stories and novels in sub-genres including golden age, hard-boiled, and police procedural by such authors as Christie, Chandler, Conan Doyle, and Grafton. Students will study the origins and development of genre as a vehicle to examine historical, social, political, intellectual, and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite) :

SUNY General Education: SUNY-H - Humanities (SHUM)

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the origins and development of the genre.
2. Identify common sub-genres of detective fiction.
3. Describe common conventions of the genre.
4. Analyze detective fiction in written assignments.
5. Analyze detective fiction in discussion.
6. Explain detective fiction's relationship to culture.
7. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
8. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

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Fall Semester 2019
Summer Session 2019