Elementary My Dear...The Modern International Detective Tale

Malcolm Compitello
MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. until noon
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
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Elementary My Dear...The Modern International Detective Tale

Summer 2014
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9:00 a.m. until noon
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014


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The detective tale, born of the work of Edgar Alan Poe and altered by Dashiell Hammett,  evolved over time in the hands of international masters such as Jorge Luis Borges, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Andrea Camilleri, and Donna Leon. Our examination helps identify the qualities that provide this genre with its enduring allure, and explores how modern practitioners play with the form and adapt it to the writer’s needs in ways that continue to fuel reader interest. Through the reading of the required primary texts and important recommended secondary texts and through the seminar's investigation of the genre we will come to a new appreciation of how the most representative of formulaic fiction broke out of its mold and garnered wide critical appreciation and the loyalty of millions of readers worldwide.

Required Reading: 

  • Vazquez Montalban, Manuel. Southern Seas. Trans. Patrick Camiller. Melville International Crime, 2012. ISBN: 1612191177.
  • Camilleri, Andrea. The Terra-Cotta Dog. Trans. Stephen Sartarelli. Penguin Books, 2005. ISBN: 0142004723.
  • Leon, Donna. Death at La Fenice. Harper Perennial, 2004. ISBN: 006074068X.

Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Malcolm Alan Compitello is Emeritus Professor of Spanish and former Program Director for the Humanities Seminars Program. He regularly taught classes in modern and contemporary Spanish culture and literature including the work of García Lorca. Professor Compitello is the Founding Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies one of the premier scholarly journals in that field. He has published widely in venues in Europe and the United States and is currently engaged in several projects dealing with the interconnections between cities, cultural and capital as they play out in Spain since the 1960s.

  • Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award


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