The Art of Murder

Dennis Huston Teaching

Whenever Dennis Huston, PhD. teaches a course with us he brings an enthusiasm and knowledge that is boundless. Regardless of the subject matter, his legendary teaching skill brings his students along on an invigorating ride. This fall, Dr. Huston brings his talent to our course “Whodunits at Home and Across the Pond.” The class will compare and contrast the English and America writing styles of popular authors Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler while diving into “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” “The Paile Horse,” “The Maltese Falcon,” The Glass Key,” and “The Big Sleep.” The styles are quite different as students will learn and there are some contentious feelings amongst the authors. Raymond Chandler had this to say in his “The Simple Art of Murder,” “Personally I like the English style better. It is not quite so brittle, and the people as a rule, just wear clothes and drink drinks….. The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.” Dr. Huston was recently awarded the 2014 Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Faculty Award and is the author of “Shakespeare’s Comedies of Play” and co-editor of a collection of Renaissance plays. You can see Dr. Huston in action in the Rice University video below.     “Whodunits at Home and Across the Pond” starts October 16, 2014.

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