SES228 - Pulp Fiction: American Crime Stories

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Subject Title
Pulp Fiction: American Crime Stories

Subject Description
Twenty-five years ago Quentin Tarantino made a film full of violence and style called Pulp Fiction.  What is ?pulp fiction??  In the 1920s and later, popular magazines (like Black Mask) published hardboiled American crime stories on cheap ?pulp? paper.  They were a blend of ?savagery, style, sophistication, sleuthing, and sex? (Ellery Queen).  Beautiful women and desperate men got into trouble with money, gambling, blackmail, and murder.  Raymond Chandler summed up the authors of pulp crime fiction when he said that Dashiell Hammett ?gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it.  He put these people down on paper as they were, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes.?  These authors established gritty realistic crime fiction as an American (and later worldwide) genre that has influenced literature and film from the 1920s to the present day.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Students will be able to

  1. Analyze course material in their written assignments in an organized, well-structured manner using proper mechanics, grammar, spelling, and the essay form.
  2. Demonstrate through their written assignments an understanding and grasp of the ideas and concepts central to the course.
  3. Express through their written assignments and conceptualizations their knowledge of, and the meaning of, the arguments and theories presented in the course text, including an understanding of the development and influence of hard-boiled crime fiction upon American and other readers.
  4. Properly perform secondary source research, identifying purpose and audience.
  5. Find, assess, integrate and document secondary sources into their own writing through the completion of an independent research project.
  6. Use research strategies, proper parenthetical reference format, and Works Cited
  7. Approach research documents with well-defined analytical and critical-reading skills.

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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