Afro-American Studies | The Black Novel
A480 | 27726 | John McCluskey

(3 credits)

This course will examine the evolution and the aesthetics of the
Afro-American detective and mystery novel. Detective and mystery
novels offer the challenge to gauge a developing communal ethic and
a community’s sense of justice and order within a social order often
repressive. These novels move along and within the borders of
satire, political,comedy, the bildungsroman, naturalism, and science
fiction. The course will also examine the commentary on class and
caste distinctions, as well as social movements championing, for
example, assimilation or nationalism.  Authors will include Rudolph
Fisher, Chester Himes, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Ishmael Reed, Barbara
Neely, and Walter Mosley.  As contrast , works or excerpts from
works by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler will also be assigned.

Requirements:  mid-term and final examinations, in-class essay,
critical paper( eight pages), and short creative exercise (1-2

A680, section, 0350 will be the section for graduate credit. In
addition to attending the two lecture/discussions per week, graduate
students will meet during additional times to further examine
critical/theoretical issues related to the genre.  Graduate students
will do the in-class essay, the creative exercise, and a longer
seminar paper