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America noir : underground writers and filmmakers of the postwar era

Author: David Cochran
Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers probed the Cold War's cultural contradictions and indirectly challenged its social pieties: the superiority of American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family." "Cochran argues that these artists pioneered a detached, ironic sensibility in fictions that radically juxtaposed cultural references and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cochran, David, 1961-
America noir.
Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)607463963
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Cochran
ISBN: 1560988134 9781560988137 9781588342188 1588342182 9781560989356 1560989351
OCLC Number: 42289708
Description: xiii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: Mapping the underground culture --
Introduction: Within the shell of the old: the creation of the Cold War consensus and the emergence of the underground culture --
Part One. The killer inside me: roman noir authors. Slipping deeper into hell: Jim Thompson's theology of absurdity --
"It's always for nothing": the paperback worldview of Charles Willeford --
Part Two. Progress and its discontents: Science fiction and fantasy authors. "I'm being ironic": imperialism, mass culture, and the fantastic world of Ray Bradbury --
The devil and Charles Beaumont --
Part Three. Outside looking in: Minority artists. "So much nonsense must make sense": the black vision of Chester Himes --
"Some torture that perversely eased": Patricia Highsmith and the everyday schizophrenia of American life --
Part Four. Little shop of horrors: Independent filmmakers. "Lots of socko": the independent cinematic vision of Samuel Fuller --
Roger Corman's low-budget modernism --
Part Five. Cracks in the consensus: Liberal artists. Richard Condon and the paranoid surreal style in American politics --
Another dimension: Rod Serling, consensus liberalism, and The Twilight Zone --
Conclusion: the emancipation of dissonance.
Responsibility: David Cochran.
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"In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers probed the Cold War's cultural contradictions and indirectly challenged its social pieties: the superiority of American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family." "Cochran argues that these artists pioneered a detached, ironic sensibility in fictions that radically juxtaposed cultural references and blurred the distinctions between "high" and "low" art. Their works would play a crucial role in the emergence of not only a 1960s counterculture but also the postmodernism of a later era."--Jacket.

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