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Hard-Boiled Fiction and Dark Romanticism

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Jopi Nyman

Since the 1920s the use of romantic features in the tough masculinist narratives of American hard-boiled fiction has often surprised its readers. Through an exploration of fiction written by four major hard-boiled writers (Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and Horace McCoy), this study explains the genre's fascination with romance from a critical Cultural Studies perspective. It focuses not only on the use of the theme of the waste land and Gothic conventions, but also on the subversion of romance and its ideal hero. The study argues that the romanticism and pathos evident in the genre are antimodern and nostalgic yearnings for a lost world of true individualism and manhood.

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Band Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Band 6 Band 7 Band 8 Band 9 Band 10 Band 11 Band 12 Band 13 Band 14 Band 15 STUDIEN ZUR ENGLISCHEN UNO AMERIKANISCHEN LITERATUR Heinz Christian Luffe: Zur Textkonstitution afro-amerikanischer lnitiationsliteratur. 1982. Hildegard Kruse: Bauformen und Erzahlverfahren in den Romanen von Richard Hughes. 1983. Margot Seidel: Bibel und Christentum im dramatischen Werk Eugene o·Neills. 1984. Franz-Josef S6ndgerath: Wandlungen der amerikanischen "dime novels". 1985. Jurgen GraB: Protest und Prophetie. Die fruhen Dramen von Clifford Odets. 1985. Henryk Kellermann: Die Weltanschauung im Romanwerk von Doris Lessing. 1985. Jurgen Heller: William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens und die moderne Malerei: Asthe- tische Entwurfe, Verfahren der Komposition. 1986. Hanspeter Buchholz: Die sch6pferische Elite und ihre gesellschaftliche Verantwortung. Studien zu den Romanen von John Fowles. 1986. Michael Winkemann: Wirklichkeitsbezug und metaliterarische Reflexion in der Kurzprosa Donald Barthelmes 1986. Daniela Tandecki: Mind-Forg·d Manacles: William Blake und das Moralgesetz. 1987. Hugo Roeffaers: Eliot's Early Criticism. Philosophical explorations into The Sacred Wood. 1988. Heinrich Versteegen: James Joyces Ulysses in vier deutschen Ubersetzungen. 1988. Sabine Bock: Mythenrezeption in der Lyrik von Gary Snyder. 1993. Helga Kuhli-Kortmann: Kulturkritik in der Kurzprosa John Cheevers. 1994. Stephan Dorr: "Earth rising to heaven and heaven descending". Die Werke Emily Brontes im Kontext der englischen Romantik. 1995. Band 16 Yvonne Christofor-Ganev: Charles und Mary Lambs "Tales from Shakespear". 1995. Band 17 Claudia Ottlinger: The Death-Motif in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti. 1996. Band 18 Kann Hagenguth: Neopaganismus und Christentum...

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