The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies



Compelling Evidence: New Detective Fiction showcases the best original stories, written by students, and growing out of the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies course "Detective Fiction and Film."

The course, first offered in 2012, seeks to uncover the unique appeals of the detective story, toward an understanding of what detective stories reveal about our cultural beliefs, as well as what specific cultural needs such fiction may be seen to be responding to. After substantive examination of the stories (and film adaptations) of Poe, Doyle, Hammett, Chandler, Parker, Grafton, Lippman, and others, students are required to craft their own original detective story. The best stories, over several years of the course, are collected here.

From Dr. David C. Dougherty, developer/instructor of the course and Editor of the published volume:

Compelling evidence—the ideal for every detective story. We know from historical evidence that in the real world, many crimes remain unsolved; and the Innocence Project and other like-minded organizations, aided by new technologies, often DNA, have shown convincingly that far too many people serve time, or even die, for crimes someone else committed. But that’s the real world. And the comforting illusion detective fiction provides is that it doesn’t have to be that way. For me, however, the compelling evidence is that the recognized illusion admonishes us to strive for a more just world; and that there’s a lot of compellingly evident new talent out there, and in these pages.

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To learn more about the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies at Loyola University Maryland, please visit the program homepage. Or, consider attending one of our upcoming film screening and discussion events:

The Graduate

Story of the Sixties, or Story for the Ages?: A Screening and Discussion of The Graduate




The Paradox of Violence in the Algerian Struggle for Independence: A Screening and Discussion of The Battle of Algiers