The Blues Detective

First-Year Seminar Program 185

Usual Description

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.

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
First-Year Seminar Program 185
First-Year Seminar Program 185 Taught by Gillian Johns