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ENG 230 - Mystery in Literature and Film - 3 Credits
Professor:  Patrice Fleck


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.

Prerequisite : ENG 112 or ENG 125 or division approval.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Acquire a general knowledge of the history of the mystery genre in fiction and film.
  • Explain various formulas for mystery in fiction, especially classical and hard-boiled detective.
  • Explain various formulas for mystery in film, especially film noir and Alfred Hitchcock's works.
  • Apply your understanding of mysteries through analysis of individual mystery novels and/or films.
  • Apply your understanding of mysteries through analysis of the relationship of the mystery genre to its cultural context.
  • Apply and enjoy your understanding of mysteries in a project of your design.




Your course grade will be determined by the introductory letter, reading activities, viewing activities, project, and 2 exams, according to the following points:

Introductory Letter
Reading Activities (1-5)
125 (25 each activity)
Viewing Exercises (1-5)
125 (25 each exercises)
Exams (1-2)
150 (75 each exam)
500(5 Bonus)

Grades Points
299 and below

Please keep a personal record of your grades so that you can compute your own course grade.




There are 2 proctored exams for this course.

You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

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ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. 

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

BY EMAIL: pfleck@nvcc.edu
BY CAMPUS PHONE: (703) 323-3775


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to www. nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Log on to your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to your Blackboard account.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

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