The Roman Noir in Post-War French Culture offers a lively introduction to the post-war French roman ir from a cultural studies perspective. A populist and widely disseminated genre, the French roman ir has suffered from a reputation as a mir genre with its roots in American popular culture. In this study, Claire Gorrara challenges such preconceptions and examines how selected writers have appropriated the roman ir as a critical response to formative concerns and debates in post-war French society. Starting with the first truly French roman ir, Leo Malet's 120 rue de la gare (1943) and concluding with Maud Tabachnik's feminist thriller Un ete pourri (1994), Gorrara analyses both texts and film in relation to their specific historical and cultural context. From the heritage of the Second World War and France's wars of decolonisation to the rise of consumer culture and questions of gender and sexual equality, the roman ir operates in dialogue with its times, mediati
Claire Gorrara is Senior Lecturer in French at Cardiff University. She is author of French Women's Writing and the Occupation in Post-1968 France (Macmillan, 1998) and co-editor of European Memories of the Second World War (Berghahn, 1998) and France Since the Revolution: Texts and Contexts (Arnold, forthcoming 2003).