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Mystery Novels: Windows on Society and Culture
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They entertain millions and are one of the largest categories of fiction in US publishing.  They also offer ways to understand our society and culture. Since the advent of Sherlock Holmes and Watson 130 years ago, mystery stories and novels have led readers into varied social environments and posed moral questions about how we live. This course will combine a series of presentations on relevant topics with far-ranging discussions. Class members will explore the culture, society, and moral stance of four novels, two from the "golden age" of the classic, traditional mystery and two contemporary ones. Novels to be read include the following: any Hercule Poirot novel by Agatha Christie, such as Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, Evil Under the Sun (class 1); Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers (class 2); The Drop by Michael Connelly (class 3); and Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman (class 4). Members who cannot read all the novels are still welcome to participate.

Instructor Bio:

Addeane Caelleigh has a background in history, anthropology, and related fields and has read and studied mystery novels for many years. She is retired from the faculty of the UVA School of Medicine and is a visiting scholar there.

Required Reading:

Any Hercule Poirot novel by Agatha Christie, such as Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, Evil Under the Sun (class 1); Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers (class 2); The Drop by Michael Connelly (class 3); and Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman (class 4).
Note that one novel is scheduled to be read before the first class. All are available new, or used through Abebooks or Amazon for example, or from the public library.
 
 

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B202 Addeane Caelleigh May 8, 15, 22, 29 Tu 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. BB&T WL

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