This section contains the readings for the course, which are also presented by session.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1992. ISBN: 0486270556.
Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1999. ISBN: 0679723420.
Poe, Edgar Allen. Tales of Terror and Detection. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1995. ISBN: 0486287440.
Cain, James M. The Postman Always Rings Twice. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1989. ISBN: 0679723250.
Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1989. ISBN: 0679722645.
Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. New York, NY: Berkley Publishing, 2004. ISBN: 0425200477.
Weber, K. J. Five Minute Mysteries. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press, 1989. ISBN: 0894716905.
Sobol, D. J. Two Minute Mysteries. New York, NY: Scholastic, 1991. ISBN: 0590447874.
Browning, Robert. My Last Duchess and Other Poems. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1993. ISBN: 0486277836.
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1991. ISBN: 0486268772.
High Art, Hermenutics, Detection, and Suspense
Modes: Oedipus and Theseus
Typology: The Hidden Treasure, The Locked Room, the Detective-as-Suspect
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex.
Film: The Moonstone. Directed by Paddy Russell. 1972.
Nature and Hieroglyphics
Cryptography as Process and as Metaphor
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature.” (Read the essay, not the entire work.)
Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Raven.” In Tales of Terror and Detection.
Haycraft, Howard. Murder for Pleasure. New York, NY: Appleton-Century Company, 1941.
Self-Consciousness as Method and Disguise
Materialism, Claustrophobic Homes, Locked Rooms
Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter.’” Translated by Jeffrey Mehlman. Yale French Studies 48, French Freud: Structural Studies in Psychoanalysis (1972): 5-9.
Materialism and Identity
The Advantages of Empiricism are the Disadvantages of Empiricism
Why Conan Doyle Killed Off Holmes to Write about Victorian Faeries
|Doyle, Arthur Conan. “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “Adventure of the Speckled Band,” “Adventure of the Dancing Men,” “Five Orange Pips,” “The Musgrave Ritual,” and “The Final Problem.” In Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories.|
Self and Self-Revelation
Porter, Dennis. “Backward Construction and the Art of Suspense.” In Pursuit of Crime. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1981. ISBN: 0300027222.
The Position of the Observer
Small Town, Country House, Sexual Demimonde, Moving Train
Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
Wilson, Edmund. “Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” Originally published in New Yorker, January 20, 1945.
Grossvogel, David. “Agatha Christie: Containment of the Unknown.” In Mystery and Its Fictions: From Oedipus to Agatha Christie. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979. ISBN: 0801822017.
McGuffins, Clewes, Histories
The Detective as Knight Errant
Film Noir as Style and as Moral Orientation
Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon.
Film: The Maltese Falcon. Directed by John Huston. 1941.
Chandler, Raymond. “The Simple Art of Murder.” Originally published in Atlantic Monthly, December, 1945.
Politics and Representation
Does Rosebud Even Matter?
Film: Citizen Kane. Directed by Orson Welles. 1941.
Stowe, William. “From Semiotics to Hermeneutics: Modes of Detection in Doyle and Chandler.” In Poetics of Murder: Detective Fiction and Literary Theory. Edited by Glenn Most and William Stowe. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace, 1983, pp. 366-84. ISBN: 0156723123.
Doubling and the Mind-Body Nexus
The Double-Mirror Paradigm of Self-Consciousness
Evidence, Clues, Solution: Elusive Pleasures
Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Garden of Forking Paths,” “Death and the Compass,” and “Ibn Hakkam al-Bokhari, Dead in his Labyrinth.” In Collected Fictions. Translated by Andrew Hurley. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1999. ISBN: 0140286802.
———. “Kafka and His Precursors.” In Labyrinths: Selected Short Stories and Other Writings. New York, NY: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1964. ISBN: 0811200124.
Guilt and Transference
The Pleasure of Looking through Other People’s Windows
The Secret in the Marsh: Coming Clean about Secrets
Film: Psycho. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 1960.
Barthes, Roland. “Delay and the Hermeneutic Sentence.” In Poetics of Murder: Detective Fiction and Literary Theory. Edited by Glenn Most and William Stowe. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace, 1983. ISBN: 0156723123. Also published in: Barthes, Roland. “Sarrasine, by Honoré de Balzac.” In Appendices of S/Z: An Essay. Translated by Richard Miller. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 1974. ISBN: 0374521670.
The Hidden Jewels
Doubling and Narcissism
“The Mystery to a Solution”
|Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire.|