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Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning Presents: “Masterworks of Detective Fiction: Lecture #2

Mar 8 2022 - Mar 8 2022 • Time: 5:30-7:00pm Education & History, For the Family, and Recreation & Fitness

Masterworks of Detective Fiction: Lecture #2
Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30 – 7:00pm via Zoom

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) is thrilled to welcome back Williams College Professor Julie Cassiday for the second of this three-part series on masterworks of detective fiction. Before Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, or Philip Marlowe captured the world’s imagination, writers had to invent the literary detective, whose eccentric personality and unpredictable actions have led to the genre’s remarkable popularity, adaptability, and longevity. In this course we explore the origins of detective fiction by examining three masterworks of the genre from the mid nineteenth century. We turn to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (1866), which shifts our attention from “whodunit” to “whydunit,” revealing the psychological and philosophical potential of the genre through detective Porfiry Petrovich. Students are encouraged to read each masterwork of detective fiction ahead of time, so that they can participate actively in discussion after a short lecture at the start of class. Registration is $18 per person in advance. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit


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