Sleuthing Goes Global | Newberry

Sleuthing Goes Global

Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesdays, September 12 - November 7 (class will not meet on October 10)

6 - 7:30 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210
Regular Price (after September 1): $231

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

Since its beginning in the Anglo-American world, mystery fiction has diversified and spread across the globe. Many English-language authors now feature protagonists of color, or set their mysteries in locations beyond the borders of the US and England, with local detectives at the helm. We will explore how these global detectives offer readers escapist stories, toying with the familiar and the unfamiliar, and serve as vehicles for social critique. Eight sessions.

Elżbieta Foeller-Pituch is the Assistant Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University, where she also teaches literature classes.

Materials List


  • Earl Derr Biggers, The House without a Key (1925). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2017) ISBN-13: 978-1543267020
  • Arthur Upfield, The Sands of Windee (1931). ETT Imprint (March 27, 2017) ISBN-13: 978-1925416916
  • Walter Mosely, Devil in a Blue Dress (1990). W. W. Norton; 1st edition (June 17, 1990) ISBN-13: 978-0393028546
  • Tony Hillerman, Dance Hall of the Dead (1973). Harper & Row; 1st edition (1973) ISBN-13: 978-0060118983
  • H.R.F. Keating, The Perfect Murder (1964). Chicago Review Press (September 1, 2004) ISBN-13: 978-0897330787
  • James Melville, The Chrysanthemum Chain (1980). Ostara Publishing (March 27, 2014) ISBN-13: 978-1909619098
  • Christopher West, Death on Black Dragon River (1995). Berkley; First Edition edition (March 1, 1999) ISBN-13: 978-0425167830
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (1998). Anchor (February 6, 2003) ISBN-13: 978-1400034772

First Reading:

  • Please read The House without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers for the first session.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.