Your entry/response must be at least 400-500 words


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two key forms of the genre: while you read the short stories pay

attention to the detectives and female characters, we will be focusing

on their contribution to the genre, and also on plot development. The

third reading is an essay that discusses and compares the

characteristics of the classical model (the original form of the genre

in the mid 19th century) and the hardboiled variant (we will focus on

this form in this class) developed after the 1920s in the US and other

countries. In this course we will focus on the hardboiled variant, but

it is important to know about the original/classical stories of


A-Read or Listen to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”.

The Classic Detective Story. See links in “course materials”. (this one

starts a little slow, but once some of the old conventions of the

Classical genre are met, the story moves forward faster and takes

interesting turns). Remember that you have the option of listening to


B- Read Slippery Fingers and Crooked Souls. Hardboiled

Detective Fiction. Focus on the figure of the detective and the plot.

These are stories by Hammett (we will read a novel by him next week). In

these and others stories he develops the figure of the hardboiled

private detective and the hardboiled formula. Hammett is not the only

one contributing to develop this type of stories, but his “Continental

OP stories”, more than two dozens, contributed greatly to the hardboiled

genre of detective fiction. Also in course materials.

C- Read

the essay about the classical and hardboiled variants, find it in course

materials listed as DF Classical and Hardboiled. When you open the link

it says The Hardboiled Detective Story but it discusses the Classical

too. It is a good introduction and uses the two examples/readings that

we are using this week. Reading ALERT: this reading include some

spoilers about The Maltese Falcon (a novel we will read), just be

careful and skip those sentences or paragraphs.

The stories you

read for this week are precursors to the genres and subgenres that came

later. Edgar A. Poe did not know that he was writing and developing the

principal elements of what later become the “Classical Detective story”

and the foundations of a new genre. Hammett did not know that he was

developing the hardboiled detective in the stories you read; later in

The Maltese Falcon next week, we will see that hardboiled formula (the

detective and the story) fully developed at least in the context of the

times. If you have some experience reading contemporary detective

fiction you know that other writers went beyond what Hammett wrote in

the following decades, but he developed the key elements during these

years. In this class, we focus on the hardboiled formula but I wanted to

give you a little about the original/classical form developed by Poe.

The essay assigned for this week is very important to get a better

understanding of these two forms.

TASK 1: Your response

is DUE JUNE 21 before midnight . After reading the three stories

assigned: compare and contrast the characterizations of the detective

figure in these narrations and their methods of solving crimes. To do

this provide examples from the readings and discuss them.

entry/response must be at least 400-500 words. You must also
reply to at least two classmates in order to create a discussion, these
replies can be short or long, but make sure to try to add something
valuable to the conversation.