About this course
This is Freshman Seminar on U.S. Detective Fiction taught by Jim Groom at the University of Mary Washington during the Fall 2012 semester. For more information take a look at the syllabus.
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I noticed that Devil in a Blue Dress showed up on someone’s list of the fourteen best private eye novels of all time. I have no idea why they decided to choose fourteen, or who they polled. It’s nice that … Continue reading → Continue reading
It was interesting that Thursday evening’s class drew a parallel between the Continental Op and Rorshach. That hadn’t occurred to me. I thought of a similarity to Batman in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. Batman is quoted as having said, … Continue reading → Continue reading
I love the language that Hammett uses. For example, he writes “I set fire to a cigarette.” Normally, one would say, “I lit a cigarette.” Lit is a form of light, which has positive, even biblical connotations. Setting fire implies … Continue reading → Continue reading
I decided to listen to Red Harvest as an audiobook, to make better use of my drive time. Audiobooks are a different experience. The narrator’s voice becomes a part of the story, and there are pros and cons to that. … Continue reading → Continue reading
“What’s the rumpus?” This question shows up early in Red Harvest. I recognized it from Miller’s Crossing where it was asked by several chartacters. Miller’s Crossing bears some plot similarities to Red Harvest. You’ve got a guy playing everyone against everyone … Continue reading → Continue reading