True Crime

Winter 2016-2017

23350 / 32350

Deborah L. Nelson

Beginning first with a history of the genre, the course will focus on the post45 era beginning with celebrity criminal and writer, Charyl Chessman. We will read classics like In Cold Blood, and yes, at 1,000 pages+, The Executioner’s Song, and works of extraordinary commercial success, like Ann Rule’s Stranger Beside Me. We will also most likely look at true crime on the radio and on film. To aid us in our reflections, we will read scholars and critics like Mark Seltzer, Karen Haltunnen, and Janet Malcolm among others. Graduate: (20th/21st)