Dames in the Driver's Seat Rereading Film Noir

ISBN-10: 0292709668

ISBN-13: 9780292709669

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jans B. Wager

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Jans Wager presents an astute analysis of how gender, class, and race have been portrayed in classic film noir (1941-1958) and in retro-noir and neo-noir films of the 1990s.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

JANS B. WAGER is Associate Professor of English and Literature at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. This book continues the investigation of film noir she began in Dangerous Dames: Women and Representation in the Weimar Street Film and Film Noir.

Introduction: Dames and Driving
Contents and Contexts
Manning the Posts: Classic Noir, Postclassic Noir, and Postmodernism
Sexing the Paradigm: Women and Men in Noir
Racing the Paradigm: The Whiteness of Film Noir
Prototypes in Classic Noir
The Killers (1946): Quintessential Noir?
Out of the Past (1947): Passive Masculinity and Active Feminities
Kiss Me Deadly (1955): Apocalyptic Femmes
Return of the Repressed in Retro-Noir
L.A. Confidential (1997) and Casablanca (1942): Does Anything Change as Time Goes By?
Mulholland Falls (1996): Nuclear Noir as Numbskull Noir
Fight Club (1999): Retro-Noir Masquerades as Neo-Noir
Revision of the Repressed in Neo-Noir
Twilight (1998): Age, Beauty, and Star Power - Survival of the Fittest
Fargo (1996): A Woman Who Is Not Herself Mean - Snow-swept Highways and Margie
Jackie Brown (1997): Gender, Race, Class, and Genre
Conclusion: Doing It for bell: Cultural Criticism and Social Change
Works Cited
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