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At Home on “These Mean Streets”: Collaboration and Community in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Mystery Series

Albert U. Turner Jr.

in Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730883
eISBN:
9781604733358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter analyzes one of the most frequent critical assertions made about Walter Mosley, the idea that Easy Rawlins is an African American version of Raymond Chandler’s “hard-boiled” detective. ... More


The Working Class PI (AKA Jessica Jones): Alias as a Narrative of Quiet Desperation

Terrence R. Wandtke

in Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816641
eISBN:
9781496816689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816641.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter initially discusses the literary origins of Jessica Jones, the superheroine introduced in Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. In the comic book series, Jones is a ... More


Sara Paretsky: Detective fiction as trauma literature

Cynthia S. Hamilton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780719096952
eISBN:
9781781708729
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719096952.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This is the first book-length study of Sara Paretsky’s detective fiction. Paretsky is known for her influential V.I. Warshawski series, which transformed the masculine hard-boiled detective formula ... More


Soundproofing Scandal: Soundstages, the Detective Novel, and Hollywood Boulevard

Justin Gautreau

in The Last Word: The Hollywood Novel and the Studio System

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780190944551
eISBN:
9780190944599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190944551.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter argues that hard-boiled detective fiction provided disillusioned screenwriters with a platform to project a fantasy version of themselves and preserve what was left of their ego under ... More


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