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Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism / Edition 1

Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism / Edition 1

by Paula Rabinowitz
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ISBN-13: 9780231114813
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paula Rabinowitz is professor of English at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Labor and Desire: Women's Revolutionary Fiction in Depression America and They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: On Pulp Modernism
Part 1. Black: Rooms and Rage
1. Already Framed: Esther Bubley Invents Noir
2. Domestic Labor: Film Noir, Proletarian Literature and Black Women's Fiction
3. Double Cross: Wri(gh)ting as The Outsider
Part 2. White: Work and Memory
4. Blanc Noir: Rural Pulp and Documentary Modernism
5. Melodrama/Male Drama: The Sentimental Contract of American Labor Films
6. Not 'Just the Facts, Ma'am': Social Workers as Private Eyes
Part 3: Noir: Household Objects
7. Barbara Stanwyck's Anklet
8. Medium Uncool: Avant-garde Film and Uncanny Feminism
9. Mapping Noir

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Rey Chow

Noir, Paula Rabinowitz argues, is not merely a film genre but also a form of historical sensibility, constituted as it is in the blurry boundaries between 'trashy' pulp fiction and 'serious' political events. Coming to terms with noir is thus coming to terms with perhaps the predominant mode of knowledge production of our time. No one interested in the cultural politics of twentieth-century America can afford to ignore the vast implications of this erudite and visionary book.

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