Program Details

Psyched!: The Psychological Thriller Novel

Margery Marcus
Arts & Letters / Drama

Course Description

Unstable narrators, unexpected plot twists and heightened suspense are the hallmarks of great psychological thrillers. The recent successes of Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window attest to our appetite for novels that both engage and challenge readers. These novels are not merely a pop culture phenomenon. The psychological thriller tradition goes back 150 years and more. Dr. Margery Marcus’ lecture examines the history of thrillers from the Victorian writer Wilkie Collins, who popularized the genre, through the 21st century’s best thrilling reads. It looks at the work of Henry James, Daphne du Maurier, and Patricia Highsmith, along with novels by Dennis Lehane, Gillian Flynn, and A.J. Finn. Dr. Marcus’ lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and a handout of reading recommendations.

About the Instructor

  • Margery Marcus, PhD, an award-winning English teacher, retired from Broward County Public Schools after a long and successful career, both as a district-level administrator and as a teacher. She has taught English at every grade level from middle school through graduate school, currently focusing on lecturing to adult audiences. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning, and a passion for literature ignited when she read the very first page of Charlotte’s Web as a child. Her enthusiasm for sharing great stories told by great writers motivates her to bring literature to life for her audiences. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of New Jersey, a Master’s in Education from The University of North Carolina, and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeatern University.

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