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(Virtual) The Game Is Afoot: The Meaning & Practice of Detective Fiction

January 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Galena Lit Fest presents this free virtual program exploring the conditions that prompted the rise of the detective as a popular literary figure. What is a detective and why is the act or art of detection so appealing? How does the genre speak to us as writers and readers, especially those interested in creating their own detective fiction?

Since the middle part of the 19th century, “detective fiction” has captivated readers with the adventures and crime-solving acumen of boy detectives, geniuses of observation, women sleuths and private investigators. Figures such as C. Auguste Dupin, Mr. Bucket, Philip Marlowe and, of course, Sherlock Holmes may come to mind, although the list of detectives made popular through literature and culture is enormous. The complex arc of detective fiction includes the classical detective fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, the hard-boiled fiction of the early 20th century, “cozy” detective fiction of the 1980s, police procedural and post-modern works by Paul Auster and Douglas Adams, among others. Noir films, and TV shows of our own era, including “Luther,” “Broadchurch” and the recent revival of “Twin Peaks” clearly indicates the durability of the detective as a cultural figure who retains popularity well beyond the book.

Steve Bellomy, PhD, has been teaching at the college level for over 10 years. Before coming to Clarke University in 2016, he taught English at both small and large universities in South Carolina and Virginia. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Clarke University in Dubuque.

Registration for this event is free at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/galena-public-library-district-11757079464. This program will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the link to join the meeting from distlerl@galenalibrary.org three days before the event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Galena Public Library Inc., the Galena Public Library and private donors. For more information, contact (815) 777-0200 or distlerl@galenalibrary.org.


January 16
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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