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Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War

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Essential reading for those interested in Noir writing, hardboiled fiction and films, and the psot-war era..
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Serpent's Tail
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Thomas
This book is invaluable to crime fans for its many mentions of forgotten noir classics. It's also got some political observations of varied value. Initially, the author's perspective shows some interesting perspectives on Mike Hammer fascism vs. left-of-center Lew Archer, et al. Unfortunately, most of the political writing in here has nothing to do with the cold war directly, but fixates on what seems to be a sort of crypto-Marxist interpretation of consumerism, suburbia, and race and class in A ...more
Steven
Haut writes firmly from Eagleton’s perspective that all writing is political and thus reads pulp and hard boiled crime fiction novels looking for how they critique the culture of their time. So recognize that he has a built-in bias to look for the author’s agenda and finds it easily in plot and characterization and milieu. If you share his bent, then you’ll find plenty of correspondence between his analyses of the American cultural backdrop from the 1930s through the 1960s. In this respect Haut ...more
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Born in Detroit in 1945, Woody Haut grew up in Pasadena, CA, attended San Francisco State University, and has lived in the UK since the early 1970's.

Presently a London journalist, he has worked as a college lecturer, cab driver and cinema programmer. He is the author of Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood, Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War and Neon Noir
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