ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Fall 2018, Section 003 - The Global Novel and Global Crime
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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How does the global form of the novel help us envision the global problem of crime?

The global crime novel helps render imaginable the enormous scope of criminal networks today, thus making possible different kinds of conversations and, hopefully, solutions. The course starts with a woman hunting a serial killer in Detroit in Broken Monsters (2014), a novel by the South African author Lauren Beukes that combines horror and satire to question our contemporary world. Next, with Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014), we experience the drug-and-espionage-fueled violence of the 1970s in New York City and Kingston, Jamaica. We conclude in India with Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games (2006), a cops-and-robbers epic that depicts the global tentacles of seemingly local crimes.

Each of these well-crafted, violent, and big novels, dramatizes a world at once familiar and estranged. As we inhabit each of these worlds over the course of several weeks, you will likely find yourself both unsettled and enthralled. Through comparative examinations of crime in film and television, we will articulate what is unique to the novel form.

Course Requirements:

In-class engagement (20%), writing journal (15%), midterm exam (15%), two essays (20%), final project and presentation (30%)


ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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