The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction : The Great Courses: Genre Fiction

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor David Schmid
  • Series: The Great Courses: Genre Fiction
  • 19 hrs and 1 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole. An utterly captivating and compelling genre, mystery and suspense has leapt off the pages of the old dime store paperbacks, magazines, and comic books onto big screens, small screens, radio serials, podcasts, websites, and more. You'll find elements, characters, and references permeating popular culture and news reports worldwide, and bleeding into other literary genres such as romance, political thrillers, sports stories, and even biographies. Nearly 200 years old, the genre of mystery and suspense literature is only growing more popular.
How did it become so prevalent? Why is mystery and suspense a go-to genre for so many around the world? What makes the dark and sometimes grisly themes appealing? In 24 lectures of The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, Professor David Schmid of the University at Buffalo examines these questions, as he guides you through an examination of the many different varieties of the genre, including classic whodunits, hard-boiled crime fiction, historical mysteries, courtroom dramas, true crime narratives, espionage fiction, and many more.
Fans of the genre will be delighted by the breadth and depth of information presented, guaranteed to uncover gems they had not yet discovered. But anyone, whether they are admirers of mystery on radio and film, or simply fans of literature, history, or pop culture, will find something to enlighten and entertain in this study of a genre with such tremendous impact.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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What would have made The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction better?

Shorter more focussed course or a wider choice of examples.

I reached the stage of gritting my teeth every time he mentioned Edgar Allen Poe. It felt like every few minutes. Whilst I grant the man the innovation in the genre he only wrote three stories !! I cannot see mysteries about crazed orangutans getting very far nowadays

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What character would you cut from The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction?

Edgar Allen Poe

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I really wanted to enjoy this

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- Adrian Marriette

Excellent Depth and Analysis

Fantastic listening to these lectures. Provided great insight into the history and how great mysteries are written. will enjoy them much more now. only thought is that he missed a section on medical mystery stories.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2016
  • Publisher: The Great Courses