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Darkness Calls

A Critical Investigation of Neo-Noir

Authors: Short, Sue

  • Presents an original approach to addressing neo-noir’s appeal
  • Discusses films and television series that have not been included in published works of this kind
  • Provides an accessible gateway into the topic while still being of interest to fans, students and lecturers
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Sue Short is a lecturer and writer and has an Honorary Research Fellowship at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Prior publications include Cyborg Cinema (2004), Misfit Sisters: Screen Horror as Female Rites of Passage (2006), Cult Telefantasy Series (2011) and Fairy Tale and Film: Old Tales with a New Spin (2015).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: In Pursuit of the Neo-Noir

    Pages 1-41

    Short, Sue

  • Crime, Corruption and Social Critique: A Thematic Overview of Noir

    Pages 43-82

    Short, Sue

  • Conflict and Crisis: Masculinity and Noir

    Pages 83-114

    Short, Sue

  • Fear and Fantasy: Women in Noir

    Pages 115-147

    Short, Sue

  • Noir by Any Other Name?: Generic Confusion and Diffusion

    Pages 149-181

    Short, Sue

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13807-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13806-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Darkness Calls
Book Subtitle
A Critical Investigation of Neo-Noir
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13807-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13807-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13806-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 261
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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