We can trace the modern mystery story all the way back to the Book of Genesis. This seminar will introduce readers to some of the key characteristics of detective fiction through narratives that feature Jewish detectives. Not only will we ask intriguing and illuminating questions such as “How is the Jewish mystery different from all other mysteries?,” but we will also examine thematic conflicts about Judaism and Jewishness that are teased out through stories of crime and investigation.
Joshua Leavitt cultivated a passion for literary study and philosophical conversation at the Bronx High School of Science and the University of Chicago, then received a PhD in American literature at Ohio State University. He has created meaningful learning experiences for middle school, high school, college, and continuing education students on subjects ranging from the history of detective fiction to Jewish American historical fiction and beyond. Presently, he helps create intellectual and regional engagement opportunities for University of Chicago alumni in Chicago, IL.
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Courses in our special learning campaign are open to anyone in the community who registers at no cost. The Q&A will be reserved for current high-school students.