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By Erik Dussere

America is Elsewhere offers a rigorous and artistic reconsideration of hard-boiled crime fiction and the movie noir culture inside of 3 similar postwar contexts: 1) the increase of the patron republic within the usa after global battle II 2) the problem to conventional notions of masculinity posed by way of a brand new kind of citizenship established in intake, and three) the simultaneous production of "authenticity results" -- representational innovations designed to guard a picture of either the yank male and the United States itself open air of and against the more and more omnipresent industry. motion pictures like Double Indemnity, Ace within the Hole, and Kiss Me lethal alongside novels through Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler offer wealthy examples for the 1st half the learn. the second one is essentially dedicated to works much less usually understood relating to the hard-boiled and noir canon. Examinations of the conspiracy movies from the Seventies and Eighties -- like Klute and The Parallax View -- novels through Thomas Pynchon, Chester Himes and William Gibson demonstrate the endurance and evolution of those authenticity results around the moment half the yankee 20th century.

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