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International Detective Narratives: Around the World with Sleuths

Fans of the detective genre may well be familiar with Stieg Larsson or Donna Leon, but fewer know Dutch writer Robert van Gulik. During WWII, van Gulik translated an 18th-century Chinese detective novel and then created his own detective, Judge Dee, based on its leading character. The judge’s popularity grew as translations spread around the world, inspiring numerous international imitations. In this course, we’ll read selected international detective novels in translation and others by Anglophone writers who set their work abroad. As we solve crimes with the likes of Mexico’s Héctor Belascoarán Shayne, Israel’s Avraham Avraham, Italy’s Inspector Montalbano, Greece’s Costas Haritos, Ghana’s Darko Dawson, Egypt’s Hatem el-Shenawi, and Russia’s Erast Fandorin, we will explore international detective narratives that not only entertain, but also offer unique insights into the societies that produce them.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Greater familiarity with detective fiction

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.