Literature and Race in Los Angeles by Julian MurphetLiterature and Race in Los Angeles by Julian Murphet

Literature and Race in Los Angeles

byJulian Murphet

Paperback | March 19, 2001

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This book analyzes contemporary literature in Los Angeles in relation to the city's form, its visual character and its recent political history. Writers such as Bret Easton Ellis and James Ellroy are considered as responding to racial and ethnic partitioning in LA, as well as to increasing cultural homogeneity. Unlike other books on contemporary American literature, this book builds a composite portrait of a single literary scene in order to demonstrate the significance of writing in a tendentially post-literate culture, and the difficulties of literary representation in a city committed to visual representation.
Title:Literature and Race in Los AngelesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:213 pages, 8.54 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:March 19, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052180535X

ISBN - 13:9780521805353

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The representation of Los Angeles; 2. Neo-noir and the archaeology of urban space; Postcards from sin-city; Cities within the city: Third world in the First; Realism and beyond; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Murphet writes in the coded words and phrases of a scholar addressing his fellow scholars, but more often he is capable of showing us new and provocative ways to look at our city, ourselves and the writers who have tried to capture us in print." Los Angeles Times