This summer's theme: "Crime: What, How, Why?"
We'll focus on noir. Our books:
The Gold-Bug and Other Tales, by Edgar Allan Poe
Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett
Dirty Snow, by Georges Simenon
Fatale, by Jean-Patrick Manchette
Buried Child, by Sam Shepard
Distant Star, by Roberto Bolaño
Poetry by Sylvia Plath.
Some movies, likely including The Asphalt Jungle (its final scenes, at least, and the Marilyn Monroe scenes), Badlands, and L.A.Confidential.
Also, I'm going to give the students the option of playing L.A. Noire and writing about the game as an artistic experience vis-à-vis our readings. I haven't played it but hope to, despite the fact that it's been years since I've picked up a game controller in earnest.