This course is designed to make students aware of the cultural richness and depth to be found in the detective novel. It will focus on the question of what can be learned about our culture and other cultures from the reading of these novels. The works to be studied and compared deal with broader issues than the traditional "whodunits." Some of those larger considerations are gender issues, historical situations, social commentary, ethnic differences, and religious customs.
ENG 101 and sophomore standing.