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[Past Event] Noir Fiction: A Female Perspective | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

We think of hard-boiled and noir fiction as the exclusive terrain of male writers, but from its beginnings, intrepid women writers have walked the mean streets of this dark and entertaining mystery subgenre. In this course, we will read two compelling examples of how talented women have offered their own nihilistic vision of America through the lens of crime fiction. Dorothy B. Hughes’s "In a Lonely Place" brilliantly portrays post-World War II pathology, while "Queenpin," by contemporary noir trailblazer Megan Abbott, reinvents well-worn tropes in unexpected ways. In lively class discussions, we will submerge ourselves into these troubled but entertaining narratives, exploring what elements they might share with their male-written counterparts and ways in which these women dare to take the genre in new directions.

[Please note: A syllabus with reading assignments will be provided in advance of the course.]


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 *3:30 - 5:00pm* (4 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


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.