Latin American and Spanish authors have a rich history of crime and detective fiction that extends to the turn of the 20th century. In Latin America and Spain, crime fiction is referred to as novela negra and detective fiction is referred to as novela polĂ­ciaca. This course serves as an introduction to Latin America and Spanish crime and detective fiction, ranging from the early 20th-century novela negra to 21st-century narco-narratives. In particular, we compare crime and detective fiction to hard-boiled stories and their sub-genres, examine the genre's link to film, and investigate the works' socio-historical and political contexts such as globalization and immigration. Prerequisite: SPAN 250 or 255, or one 300-level course or placement exam recommendation or permission of instructor.(Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)