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[Past Event] Literary Mystery: Two Modern Classics (p.13)

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Course Description:

The once clear line between mystery novels and literary fiction is being blurred more and more often as writers move across genres in their work. In this course, we will read two contemporary examples from acclaimed writers of the hybrid often called the literary mystery. Renowned British mystery writer Kate Atkinson made her debut and won the Whitbread Award with "Behind the Scenes at the Museum," a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. In "The Book of Evidence," the Booker Prize-winning Irish writer, John Banville, delves into the psyche of a 38-year-old scientist who murders a servant girl during an attempt to steal a painting from a neighbor. We will parse these beautiful and entertaining narratives, exploring what elements they share with traditional mystery novels and the ways in which the writers depart from the conventions of the genre. We will also give close attention to the psychological insights into characters and their motives and how those aspects are conveyed or intentionally obscured by these adept authors.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Mar. 18, 25; Apr. 1, 8 *1:00-2:30pm* (4 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Robert Weibezahl, M.A., is a writer, editor, critic, and internationally-produced playwright who has worked with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and countless bestselling authors. The author of two novels and two award-nominated non-fiction books, as well as short stories and poems, he writes a monthly literary column for "BookPage."