American Crime Fiction: A Cultural History Of Nobrow Literature As Art

March 14, 2018|
American Crime Fiction: A Cultural History Of Nobrow Literature As Art by Peter Swirski
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Peter Swirski looks at American crime fiction as an artform that expresses and reflects the social and aesthetic values of its authors and readers. As such he documents the manifold ways in which such authorship and readership are a matter of informed literary choice and not of cultural brainwashing or declining literary standards. Asking, in effect, a series of questions about the nature of genre fiction as art, successive chapters look at American crime writers whose careers throw light on the hazards and rewards of nobrow traffic between popular forms and highbrow aesthetics: Dashiell Hammett, John Grisham, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Nelson DeMille, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

TABLE OF CONTENTSList of IllustrationsCHAPTER 1. Nobrow: Contents and DiscontentsThe Most Ossified Popular Genre of All-Of the Standard of Taste-Flogging a Dead Horse-Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don't'Heads I Win, Tails You Lose-Vice and Its Victim-Beachbooks for Intellectuals-Sex, Money, and Revenge   CHAPTER 2. Briefcases for ...
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Title:American Crime Fiction: A Cultural History Of Nobrow Literature As Art
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:222 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:222 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 in
Published:March 14, 2018
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9783319790312

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