Hardboiled and High Heeled: The Woman Detective in Popular Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

Can a gumshoe wear high heels? In a genre long dominated by men, women are now taking their place-as authors and as characters-alongside hard-boiled legends like Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. Hardboiled and
High Heeled
examines the meteoric rise of the female detective in contemporary film, television, and literature.

Richly illustrated and written with a fan's love of the genre,
Hardboiled and High Heeled is an essential introduction to women in detective fiction, from past to present, from pulp fiction to blockbuster films.

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In Hardboiled & High Heeled: The Woman Detective in Popular Culture, Linda Mizejewski (Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema) examines the often ambiguous role of the female investigator in crime fiction, TV and film. Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs and Jodie Foster's portrayal of Clarice Starling receive special emphasis in this lively feminist study. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415969710
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Mizejewski is Professor of English and Chair of the Women's Studies Department at Ohio State University. She is author of Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema and Divine Decadence: Fascism, Female Spectacle, and the Makings of Sally Bowles. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Watching the women detectives 1
Ch. 2 Picturing the best-seller list : Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell 21
Ch. 3 Jiggle, camp, and couples : 1960s-80s prime-time woman investigators 53
Ch. 4 Under suspicion : women and mystery in 1990s television 89
Ch. 5 Women detectives on film : first take 113
Ch. 6 Action bodies : women detective movies, 1995-2000 141
Ch. 7 Clarice and her fans : The silence of the lambs and Hannibal 173
Notes 199
Bibliography 215
Index 223
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