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- DescriptionThough American crime vels are often derided for containing misogynistic attitudes and limiting ideas of masculinity, Greg Forter maintains that they are instead psychologically complex and sophisticated works that demand closer attention. Eschewing the synthetic methodologies of earlier work on crime fiction, Murdering Masculinities argues that the crime vel does t provide a consolidated and stable tion of masculinity. Rather, it demands that male readers take responsibility for the desires they project on to these vels. Forter examines the narrative strategies of five vels--Hammett's The Glass Key, Cain's Serenade, Faulkner's Sanctuary, Thompson's Pop. 1280, and Himes's Blind Man with a Pistol--in conjunction with their treatment of bodily metaphors of smell, vision, and voice. In the process, Forter unearths a generic unconscious that reveals things Freud both discovered and sought to repress.
- Author BiographyGreg Forter teaches American Literature at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
- Author(s)Gregory Forter
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2000
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleSexual Cultures
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight413 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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