The Street Was Mine

White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir

Authors: Abbott, M.

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This book considers a recurrent figure in American literature: the solitary white man moving through urban space. The descendent of Nineteenth-century frontier and western heroes, the figure re-emerges in 1930-50s America as the 'tough guy'. The Street Was Mine looks to the tough guy in the works of hardboiled novelists Raymond Chandler ( The Big Sleep ) and James M. Cain ( Double Indemnity ) and their popular film noir adaptations. Focusing on the way he negotiates racial and gender 'otherness', this study argues that the tough guy embodies the promise of an impervious white masculinity amidst the turmoil of the Depression through the beginnings of the Cold War, closing with an analysis of Chester Himes, whose Harlem crime novels ( For Love of Imabelle ) unleash a ferocious revisionary critique of the tough guy tradition.

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MEGAN ABBOTT is Assistant Professor of English at State University of New York-Oswego. She received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University in 2000.

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'Although more revisionist than feminist, this book does damage to white boys.' - A. Hirsch, Choice


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Street Was Mine
Book Subtitle
White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Megan E. Abott
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7001-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403970015
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-29481-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38787-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 246
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