Popular Narrative: Masterminds

A black and white photo of a woman holding a pistol.

Mary A. Shanley, New York City detective. (Image courtesy of World-Telegram photo, the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, [LC-USZ62-134710].)


MIT Course Number

21L.430 / CMS.920 / SP.492 / WGS.492

As Taught In

Fall 2004


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

Our purpose is to consider some of the most elaborate and thoughtful efforts to define and delineate "all-mastering," and to consider some of the delineations of "all-mastering the intellect" in various guises - from magicians to master spies to detectives to scientists (mad and otherwise). The major written work of the term will be an ongoing reading journal, which you will circulate to your classmates using an e-mail mailing list. The use of that list is fundamental - it is my intention to generate a sort of ongoing cyberconversation.

John Hildebidle. 21L.430 Popular Narrative: Masterminds, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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