By Paula Rabinowitz
Black & White & Noir explores America's pulp modernism via penetrating readings of the noir sensibility lurking in an eclectic array of media: workplace of conflict info images, women's experimental motion pictures, and African-American novels, between others. It lines the darkish edges of cultural detritus blowing around the postwar panorama, discovering in pulp a political conception that is helping clarify America's fascination with lurid spectacles of crime.
We are familiar with taking into consideration noir as a movie shape popularized in video clips like The Maltese Falcon, the large Sleep, and, extra lately, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. however it can be, Paula Rabinowitz argues, an road of social and political expression. This publication bargains an unprecedented ancient and theoretical evaluate of the noir shadows forged whilst the media's glare is targeted at the unseen and the unseemly in our tradition. via far-ranging discussions of the Starr document, videos corresponding to Double Indemnity and The massive Heat, and figures as a number of as Barbara Stanwyck, Kenneth Fearing, and Richard Wright, Rabinowitz unearths in movie noir the illustration of contemporary America's try and submerge and masks its violent historical past of racial and sophistication anatagonisms. Black & White & Noir additionally explores the speculation and perform of stilettos, the ways that women within the Fifties considered movie noir as a mystery language approximately their moms' pasts, the extreme tone-setting images of Esther Bubley, and the smutty point of social employees' case stories, between different unforeseen twists and provocative turns.
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