This site is maintained as part of a UC Berkeley Ext. course, Mystery Fiction ENGLISH X103.9, taught by Dr. Alison L. Heney.
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Survey mystery fiction and its conventions, from the genre’s 19th-century origins to the classic Golden Age puzzle to its many postmodern manifestations. Writers to be studied will include Poe, Doyle, Chandler, Hammett, and others. Understand the mystery novel’s status as a significant form of modern fiction, one that explores how human consciousness makes sense out of what might otherwise be viewed as random experience and meaningless violence.
Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing
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