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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the Summer Programme 2022.

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The emergence of distinctively African-American crime fiction rests on and reflects the history of enslavement. After considering the history of crime writing, and the relations of fiction and true crime, this course looks at a famous slave narrative, the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), followed by three seminal fictions – Chester B Himes's breakthrough If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945), Toni Cade Bambara's posthumously published These Bones are Not My Child (1999), based on the Atlanta Child Killings of 1979-81, and Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress (1990), launching Easy Rawlins on a career that now runs to 15 novels and represents a social history of black Los Angeles from the 1940s-60s.


Course dates

24 Jul 2022 to 30 Jul 2022

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

26 Jun 2022

Course director


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code