This groundbreaking study, covering hundreds of novels, analyses the politics and poetics of literary noir from the hard-boiled fiction of Hammett, Chandler and Cain to the exciting diversity of twenty-first-century thrillers. Noir sensibility tends to come to the fore at times of discontent and anxiety, of disillusionment with institutional structures and loss of confidence in the possibility of effective agency. It undermines conventional values and 'moral meaning', questions our ability to interpret and judge the world, and prompts a sceptical distrust of the whole of society. The aim of this study, now available in an updated paperback version, is to establish a broad understanding of literary noir, its contexts, techniques, themes and protagonists. Ranging from Chandler's mean streets to the dark cityscapes of noir science fiction, it includes Depression-era private eyes, gangsters and victims, postwar avengers and femmes fatales, Harlem cops and small-town killers, the game-players, voyeurs and consumers of late twentieth-century commodity culture, the cyberpunk hackers of future worlds and the doomed hard men of a new millennium.
|Antall sider||344||Dimensjoner||13,7cm x 21,6cm x 2,2cm|
|Vekt||477 gram||Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd|
|Emner og form||Popular culture, Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literary essays|