The detective in American fiction, film, and television

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The detective, as a preeminent figure in all forms of American popular culture, has become the subject of a variety of theoretical exploration. By investigating that figure, these essays demonstrate how the genre embodies all the contradictions of American society and the ways in which literature and the media attempt to handle those contradictions. Issues of class, gender, and race; the interaction of film and literature; and generic evolution are fundamental to any understanding of the American detective in all of his or her forms.

Beginning with essays about Raymond Chandler's treatment of women, Part I concentrates on writers of the genre whose detectives embody aspects of American culture in the 20th century. Through examination of the work of Elmore Leonard, Chester Himes, Sue Grafton, and others, these essays look at the influence of film on literature, how ethnicity affects the genre's conventions, and gender issues. Part II looks closely at specific detectives in the media and demonstrates how the film detective has gone from one who upholds the moral order to one who contributes to the continuation of evil. A study of television detectives confirms the necessity of formula and variation to sustain a detective over many seasons.

Anne Riordan : Raymond Chandler's forgotten heroine / David W. Madden
Order, error, and the novels of Raymond Chandler / Steven Weisenburger
Raymond Chandler's pencil / James O. Tate
Film in fiction : the real and the reel in Elmore Leonard / George Grella
Aggravating the reader : the Harlem detective novels of Chester Himes / Gary P. Storhoff
Murdering traditional assumptions : the Jewish-American mystery / Diana Arbin Ben-Merre
Gender (de)mystified : resistance and recuperation in hard-boiled female detective fiction / Timothy Shuker-Haines and Martha M. Umphrey
Bending the bow : The verdict (1946) and the Hollywood Victorian detective / Meri-Jane Rochelson
Injustice of it all : Polanski's revision of the private eye genre in Chinatown / James Maxfield
Miller's Crossing : the poetics of Dashiell Hammett / Katherine M. Restaino
Very simplicity of the thing : Edgar Allan Poe and the murders he wrote / Jan Whitt
Done to death? : formula and variation in Perry Mason / J. Dennis Bounds.

Additional Information
Series Contributions to the study of popular culture ; no. 63.
Subjects Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery television programs -- United States -- History and criticism.
Publisher Westport, Conn. :Greenwood Press,1998
Contributors Delamater, Jerome.
Prigozy, Ruth.
Language English
Notes "Prepared under the auspices of Hofstra University."
Description x, 139 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0313304637 (alk. paper)
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