L-LIN/06 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Course Structure

Lectures and seminars

Detailed Course Content

The course will provide an overview of the Spanish-American detective literature, focusing on significant works by authors who have devoted themselves to the genre or who have briefly made an incursion into it.

The selected texts will be the object of a double analysis: firstly a formal one, aimed at highlighting the adhesion to or the transgression of the canon; the works will then be the subject of a thematic study aimed at detecting the semantic contents of each plot.

Textbook Information

Novels (any edition) :

- Roberto Bolaño, Estrella distante

- Jorge Luis Borges y Adolfo Bioy Casares, Seis problemas para don Isidro Parodi

- Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Máscaras

-Paco Ignacio Taibo II, No habrá final feliz

- Mario Vargas Llosa, Lituma en los Andes



Alberto Del Monte, Breve storia del romanzo poliziesco, Bari, Universale Laterza, 1962 (pp. 1-285).

Stefano Tani, The Doomed Detective, Carbondale and Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Press, 1984 (pp. 1-51).


Critical essays:



Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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