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PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTION
PLEASE… PLEASE PLEASE MAKE
SURE YOU READ THE THREE LECTURE ASSIGNING PLEASE
Foundational Authors and two key forms of the genre: while you read the
short stories pay attention to the detectives and female characters, we
will be focusing on their contribution to the genre, and also on plot
development. The third reading is an essay that discusses and compares
the characteristics of the classical model (the original form of the
genre in the mid 19th century) and the hardboiled variant (we will focus
on this form in this class) developed after the 1920s in the US and
other countries. In this course we will focus on the hardboiled variant,
but it is important to know about the original/classical stories of
A-Read or Listen to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”.
The Classic Detective Story. See links in “course materials”. (this one
starts a little slow, but once some of the old conventions of the
Classical genre are met, the story moves forward faster and takes
interesting turns). Remember that you have the option of listening to
B- Read Slippery Fingers and Crooked Souls. Hardboiled
Detective Fiction. Focus on the figure of the detective and the plot.
These are stories by Hammett (we will read a novel by him next week). In
these and others stories he develops the figure of the hardboiled
private detective and the hardboiled formula. Hammett is not the only
one contributing to develop this type of stories, but his “Continental
OP stories”, more than two dozens, contributed greatly to the hardboiled
genre of detective fiction. Also in course materials.
the essay about the classical and hardboiled variants, find it in course
materials listed as DF Classical and Hardboiled. When you open the link
it says The Hardboiled Detective Story but it discusses the Classical
too. It is a good introduction and uses the two examples/readings that
we are using this week. Reading ALERT: this reading include some
spoilers about The Maltese Falcon (a novel we will read), just be
careful and skip those sentences or paragraphs.
TASK 2: Journal DUE JUNE 23. Short Paper/Journal: use the essay about the hardboiled formula and the classical formula.
A) Describe the main elements of the hardboiled formula and the classical formula according to this essay.
Make connections between these formulas as described in the essay and
the stories we read for this week; in other words, connect each story to
some idea or fact developed by the essay.