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Title:
Gumshoe America hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism
Author:
McCann, Sean, 1962-
ISBN:
9780822380566
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Publication Information:
Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:
New Americanists

New Americanists.
Contents:
Uncivil society: hard-boiled crime fiction and the idea of a democratic culture -- 1. Constructing Race Williams: the Klan and the making of hard-boiled crime fiction -- 2. "Mystic rigmarole": Dashiell Hammett and the realist critique of liberalism -- 3. The pulp writer as vanishing American: Raymond Chandler's decentralist imagination -- 4. Letdown artists: paperback noir and the procedural republic -- 5. Tangibles: Chester Himes and the slow death of New Deal populism -- Conclusion: beyond us, yet ourselves.
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Sees hard-boiled crime fiction in relation to a changing literary marketplace and as an arena for conflicts about citizenship, class culture, and democracy during the New Deal.