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Around mid-nineteenth century, the American writer Edgar Allan Poe invented a kind of literary work that would give rise to a whole new genre, profusely practiced all over the world throughout the twentieth century, and still very vital today. In this course we will study the different ways in which detective fiction has been used and modified by some major twentiethcentury Latin American authors. From Borges to Roberto Bolaño, from Virgilio Piñera to Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Carlos Onetti, Ricardo Piglia or Cristina Rivera Garza, all of them have resorted to this genre covering an increasingly wider range of possibilities. Why is this genre so attractive for such different authors? What kind of meanings can be conveyed through it? How is this genre related to existential, social, philosophical or anthropological problems? Students are invited to resort to the detective in them and try to find the elusive Truth.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA. Two 30-level courses or consent of the instructor.

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes, first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences