11:15-12:05 MWF BH 208 *Satisfies AHLA Requirement* In this historical and comparative survey of the literary representation of crime and detection from Edgar Allan Poe to postmodern Japan, we will trace the origins and evolution of this popular genre in horror and sensation fiction through pulp magazines and film noir, and in the reporting of "true" crimes. A wide range of readings will give students the opportunity to consider in depth the conventions, criticism, and theory of detective fiction and to understand its continued relevance and popularity in American culture and around the world. From the earliest detectives--Poe's Dupin, Wilkie Collins's Sergeant Cuff, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes--and the classic puzzles of John Buchan and Agatha Christie, we will shift our attention to the representation of violence in the urban mysteries of Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, Chester Himes, and Patricia Highsmith. The course will conclude with a look at postmodern variations on the classic mystery form by Thomas Pynchon, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Haruki Murakami. No pre-requisites.