This site is maintained as part of a UC Berkeley Ext. course, Mystery Fiction ENGLISH X103.9, taught by Dr. Alison L. Heney

Fiction and film reviews are by students enrolled in the Berkeley Mystery Fiction Course and by invited guest scholars. On occasion, we will also share news and reviews pertaining to the world of mystery and crime fiction from external sources. External sources will always be credited and posted with their original links.

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Course Description 

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

Please contact Alison at aheney@berkeley.edu for questions.

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