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War noir : Raymond Chandler and the hard-boiled detective as veteran in American fiction

Author: Sarah Trott
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The conflation of the hard-boiled style and war experience has influenced many contemporary crime writers, particularly in the traumatic aftermath of the Vietnam War. Yet, earlier writers in the genre, such as Raymond Chandler, remain overlooked when it comes to examining how their war experience affected their writing. Sarah Trott corrects this oversight by examining Chandler alongside the World War I writers of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Trott, Sarah, 1982-
War noir.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2016
(DLC) 2016019967
Named Person: Raymond Chandler; Raymond Chandler; Philip Marlowe, (Fictitious character); Raymond Chandler; Philip Marlowe, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Trott
ISBN: 9781496808684 1496808681 1496808649 9781496808646
OCLC Number: 953919197
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; WAR NOIR; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; PREFACE; 1. War's Traumatic Impact; 2. A New View: Chandler and War; 3. Chandler and the American War Writers; 4. Characterization: The Detective as Veteran; 5. The Philip Marlowe Novels; 6. The Long Goodbye; 7. Aftermath: Chandler's Legacy; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.
Other Titles: Raymond Chandler and the hard-boiled detective as veteran in American fiction
Hard-boiled detective as veteran in American fiction
Responsibility: Sarah Trott.

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"The conflation of the hard-boiled style and war experience has influenced many contemporary crime writers, particularly in the traumatic aftermath of the Vietnam War. Yet, earlier writers in the genre, such as Raymond Chandler, remain overlooked when it comes to examining how their war experience affected their writing. Sarah Trott corrects this oversight by examining Chandler alongside the World War I writers of the Lost Generation as well as highlighting a melding of very different styles in Chandler's work. Based on Chandler's experience in combat, Trott explains that the writer created detective Philip Marlowe not as the idealization of heroic individualism, as is commonly perceived, but instead as an authentic individual subjected to very real psychological frailties from trauma during the First World War. Inspecting Chandler's work and correspondence indicates that the characterization of the fictional Marlowe goes beyond the traditional chivalric readings and can instead be interpreted as a genuine representation of a traumatized veteran in American society. Substituting the horror of the trenches for the corruption of the city, Chandler formed a disillusioned protagonist in an uncaring America. Chandler did so with the sophistication necessary to straddle genre fiction and canonical literature. The sum of this work offers a new understanding of how Chandler uses his war trauma, how that experience established the traditional archetype of detective fiction, and how this reading of his fiction enables Chandler to transcend generic limitations and be recognized as a key twentieth-century literary figure."--

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