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Course Catalog 2018-2019 
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FYSP 185 - The Blues Detective: Riffing on a Literary Formula

Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4HU, CD, WINT

Many writers have found the detective story to be a great genre in which to explore crime and moral ambiguity. This course examines theories about the genre and the African American cultural practice of riffing or ‘signifying’ on known formulas. Reading various works, we will discuss why black writers might have turned to a genre considered mere entertainment, features of the social world they represent, and effects on readers of their riffing on established conventions. Enrollment Limit: 14.

Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: G. Johns

Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes

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