In this course, you will learn about:

Mysteries have been present in literature for centuries, but they emerged as a genre of great popularity in the late nineteenth century. Changes in the mystery formula and expansion of it into films came in the twentieth century. What does this popular form bring to and take from its surrounding cultural context? How can we account for its appeal? What does it tell us about our world? Your reading and viewing for this course will acquaint you with the formulas and the significance of the mystery in fiction and film and will give you a chance to consider the answers you would give to these questions.


ENG 112 or ENG 125 or division approval