Mob Culture offers a long-awaited, fresh look at the American gangster film, exposing its hidden histories from the Black Hand gangs of the early twentieth century to The Sopranos. Departing from traditional approaches that have typically focused on the "nature" of the gangster, the editors have collected essays that engage the larger question of how the meaning of criminality has changed over time.
by Thomas M. Leitch
Call Number: PN1995.9.D4 L45 2002
Publication Date: 2002-08-15
This book surveys the entire range of crime films, including important subgenres such as the gangster film, the private eye film, film noir, as well as the victim film, the erotic thriller, and the crime comedy.
By broadening the focus beyond classic English detective fiction, the American 'hard-boiled' crime novel and the gangster movie, Crime Culture breathes new life into staple themes of crime fiction and cinema.
Traditional detective fiction celebrates the victory of order and reason that is associated with the sleuth over the chaos and irrationality associated with the crime mystery. Yet in spite of its apparent valorization of rationality, the detective genre has been associated, from its inception, with three paradoxical concepts-the double, the locked room, and the labyrinth.
by Sean McCann
Call Number: PS 374 .D4 M38 2000
Publication Date: 2000-12-06
In Gumshoe America Sean McCann offers a bold new account of the hard-boiled crime story and its literary and political significance.