Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren
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SPRING 2006 BIS 393D, Special Topics
Murder and Method: Literature, Science, and the Question of Evidence (Class will be held at EVERETT STATION in Everett.)
In this course we will investigate, as if we are detectives of the idea and of the word, the concept of evidence as it is developed in literature and the sciences, with a focus on detective fiction and forensic science. Both forms of knowledge depend on our being able to learn sophisticated methods of reading signs, traces, and residues that will enable us to reconstruct the “crime” and bring the truth of the event to the light of truth. This is not, as we all know, an easy task. It takes disciplined practice and thoroughness, as well as the occasional stroke of good luck. But we will be on the hunt together.
Learning Objectives: 1. To become more sophisticated readers of literature, science, and a bit of philosophy 2. To write more eloquently and clearly, more rigorously and audaciously 3. To think together about the construction of knowledge, how collaboration and individual effort play their parts, and how knowledge operates in its social context 4. To examine the evidence about evidence and wonder what can, and cannot, come under the rule of a method of interpretation 5. Pleasure
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