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Darkness Calls

A Critical Investigation of Neo-Noir

Buch. Hardcover



In englischer Sprache

Springer-Verlag GmbH. ISBN 978-3-030-13806-6

Format (B x L): 15.3 x 21.6 cm

Gewicht: 468 g


This book examines the contrasting forms neo-noir has taken on screen, asking what prompts our continued interest in tales of criminality and moral uncertainty. Neo-noir plots are both familiar and diverse, found in a host of media formats today, and now span the globe. Yet despite its apparent prevalence-and increased academic attention-many core questions remain unanswered. What has propelled noir's appeal, half a century on after its supposed decline? What has led film-makers and series-creators to rework given tropes? What debates continue to divide critics? And why are we, as viewers, so drawn to stories that often show us at our worst? Referencing a range of films and series, citing critical work in the field-while also challenging many of the assumptions made-this book sets out to advance our understanding of a subject that has fascinated audiences and academics alike. Theories relating to gender identity and neo-noir's tricky generic status are discussed, together with an evaluation of differing comic inflections and socio-political concerns, concluding that, although neo-noir is capable of being both progressive and reactionary, it also mobilises potentially radical questions about who we are and what we might be capable of.

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