America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of by Erik Dussere

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By Erik Dussere

America is Elsewhere presents a rigorous and inventive reconsideration of hard-boiled crime fiction and the movie noir culture inside of 3 similar postwar contexts: 1) the increase of the patron republic within the usa after international struggle II 2) the problem to standard notions of masculinity posed via a brand new kind of citizenship established in intake, and three) the simultaneous construction of "authenticity results" -- representational innovations designed to defend a picture of either the yank male and the USA itself open air of and towards the more and more omnipresent industry. movies like Double Indemnity, Ace within the Hole, and Kiss Me lethal alongside novels by way of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler offer wealthy examples for the 1st 1/2 the research. the second one is basically dedicated to works much less in general understood in terms of the hard-boiled and noir canon. Examinations of the conspiracy movies from the Seventies and Eighties -- like Klute and The Parallax View -- novels via Thomas Pynchon, Chester Himes and William Gibson demonstrate the patience and evolution of those authenticity results around the moment half the yankee 20th century.

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