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Hard-boiled fiction and dark romanticism

Author: Jopi Nyman
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, ©1998.
Series: Studien zur englischen und amerikanischen Literatur, Bd. 19.
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Since the 1920s the use of romantic features in the tough masculinist narratives of American hard-boiled fiction has often surprised its readers. Through an exploration of fiction written by four major hard-boiled writers (Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and Horace McCoy), this study explains the genre's fascination with romance from a critical Cultural Studies perspective. It focuses not only on  Read more...
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Nyman, Jopi, 1966-
Hard-boiled fiction and dark romanticism.
Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, ©1998
(OCoLC)607133098
Online version:
Nyman, Jopi, 1966-
Hard-boiled fiction and dark romanticism.
Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, ©1998
(OCoLC)608493195
Named Person: James M Cain; Ernest Hemingway; Dashiell Hammett; Horace McCoy; James M Cain; Dashiell Hammett; Ernest Hemingway; Horace McCoy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jopi Nyman
ISBN: 3631326904 9783631326909 0820435465 9780820435466
OCLC Number: 38281679
Description: 144 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Hard-Boiled Fiction and the Romantic Tradition --
3. Waste Lands --
4. Landscapes of Terror --
5. Romance Subverted --
6. Conclusion.
Series Title: Studien zur englischen und amerikanischen Literatur, Bd. 19.
Responsibility: Jopi Nyman.

Abstract:

Since the 1920s the use of romantic features in the tough masculinist narratives of American hard-boiled fiction has often surprised its readers. Through an exploration of fiction written by four major hard-boiled writers (Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and Horace McCoy), this study explains the genre's fascination with romance from a critical Cultural Studies perspective. It focuses not only on the use of the theme of the waste land and Gothic conventions, but also on the subversion of romance and its ideal hero. The study argues that the romanticism and pathos evident in the genre are antimodern and nostalgic yearnings for a lost world of true individualism and manhood.

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