Spring 2023 Undergraduate English Courses

358:436 Victorian Stories of Mystery and Detection

02  MTH2  CAC  05420   WILLIAMS  MU-003

Victorian Stories of Mystery and Detection 

The figure of “the detective” came into prominence in the Victorian period. We will have fun studying this phenomenon, including many of the most important figures – and culminating with Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous figure, Sherlock Holmes. The reading list will begin with Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter.” We will read two masterpieces of Victorian fiction: Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone. I hope there will be time for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, too – but we must save time for short stories and novellas featuring “the lady detective,” a development late in the century. And, of course, we will read several of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories – and will discuss a few adaptations of this famous figure on film and television.