November 9, 2015

Featured class for Spring 2016: 'Noir Fictions'

Detective fiction is perhaps the most extensively developed genre in the world, and has influenced writers and artists in every conceivable area. In this class, we will concentrate on the noir detective. We will get a grounding in the tradition of noir in the classic novels of Hammett and Chandler, and in examples of film noir and noir comics. We'll look at experimental treatments in the feminist critiques of the performance art of Holly Hughes and the poetry of Laura Mullen, as well as the photography of Cindy Sherman, Jane O'Neal and Angela Strassheim and paintings by Magritte and Hopper. Students will develop their own projects that engage with this tradition. The course is open to writers and artists in any medium.