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 NEIU Fall Courses

Sociology 320C
  Topics: Race, Sex, and Class: Gender, Multiculturalism & Detective Fiction
Women's Studies Program 301G-31
  Issues in Women's Studies: Gender, Multiculturalism & Detective Fiction

   5:40 - 8: 20 p.m. Tuesdays
   Lower Library Classroom 022

Examines the historical contributions and the more recent outpouring of detective fiction series written by women and persons of color. Through reading a range of detective fiction literature students will examine how shifting gender, sexual, ethnic, racial and political identities and social constructs provide the opportunity to address social issues in an accessible manner and provoke questions for further study.

Instructor: Dr. Susan Stall, Sociology and Women's Studies

English 360-31 Detective Fiction

   7:05 - 9: 45 p.m. Tuesdays
   Classroom Building 2020

Includes a literary and historical study of the detective story from Poe and Sherlock Holmes to Hammett and the present.

Instructor: Dr. Julie Kim, English and Women's Studies

 Newberry Library Seminar

Discriminating Crime: Detective Fiction on the Social Margins

   October 2 - December 4, 2004    10:00 a.m. - Noon, Saturdays
   Newberry Library
   60 W. Walton St. Chicago, IL 60610

This seminar will primarily focus on the transformation of detective fiction by women writers and writers of color. It will examine how selected authors have used this genre to explore and challenge dominant conceptions of law, order, and justice from the perspective of social constituencies that historically have found themselves on the "wrong side" of the law. For these writers the detective fiction genre becomes the perfect venue for exploring larger issues of social justice and, in addition to solving crime, for investigating the very social processes whereby selected populations are criminalized.

Seminar Organizer: Tim Libretti, English and Women's Studies, NEIU
Presenters: Northeastern faculty from a variety of disciplines
For more information, visit www.newberry.org