America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture

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America is Elsewhere provides a rigorous and creative reconsideration of hard-boiled crime fiction and the film noir tradition within three related postwar contexts: 1) the rise of the consumer republic in the United States after World War II 2) the challenge to traditional notions of
masculinity posed by a new form of citizenship based in consumption, and 3) the simultaneous creation of authenticity effects -- representational strategies designed to safeguard an image of both the American male and America itself outside of and in opposition to the increasingly omnipresent
marketplace. Films like Double Indemnity, Ace in the Hole, and Kiss Me Deadly alongside novels by Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler provide rich examples for the first half of the study. The second is largely devoted to works less commonly understood in relation to the hard-boiled and noir canon.
Examinations of the conspiracy films from the Seventies and Eighties -- like Klute and The Parallax View -- novels by Thomas Pynchon, Chester Himes and William Gibson reveal the persistence and evolution of these authenticity effects across the second half of the American twentieth century.
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ISBN-13: 9780199969920
ISBN-10: 0199969922
Pagini: 320
Ilustrații: 26 illus.
Dimensiuni: 155 x 234 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.46 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Dussere offers new and richly insightful ways of understanding both noir texts themselves and the discourses of authenticity in which they participate and that they have helped constitute.
In this lucidly written study, Erik Dussere deftly combines a wide-ranging examination of social and political forces with the detailed textual scrutiny of a range of films and novels to produce an original and illuminating discussion of film noir as an oppositional critique of consumer culture. America Is Elsewhere not only extends our understanding of film noir, but offers a penetrating analysis of post-war American culture.
America Is Elsewhere provides a rigorous consideration of key texts in hard-boiled and film noir traditions. While other studies have considered these texts in relation to consumption and masculinity, Dussere strikes important new ground by including the crucial and contested postwar concept of authenticity in his examination. The result is a nuanced and creative addition to our study of these works and the period as a whole.

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Erik Dussere is Assistant Professor of English at American University. He is the author of Balancing the Books: Faulkner, Morrison, and the Economies of Slavery (Routledge 2003).