ENGLISH 364 - The Contemporary Novel
Winter 2020, Section 001 - Thrillers and Killers
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This class may be taken as a continuation of English 290, "The Fun Stuff," or as a stand-alone course. This class will examine the narrative strategies and habits of several bestselling contemporary psychological thrillers and murder mysteries. Our task will be to investigate the means by which these novels earn and keep our attention; we will also investigate the marketing and media relations campaigns that bring these books to public notice. In lieu of papers we will invent our own thrillers – creating a beat sheet, producing a detailed outline of our plot dynamics, and writing at least twenty pages of original prose. In addition we will pitch our books to visiting literary agents. Authors under consideration may include Gillian Flynn, Tana French, Thomas Harris, Dennis Lehane, Walter Mosely, Paula Hawkins, and others.


ENGLISH 364 - The Contemporary Novel
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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