Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Fiction

Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Fiction

Cassuto offers an unconventional interpretation of American literature's most "masculine" genre, the American crime story, arguing that its origins can be traced, paradoxically, to nineteenth-century sentimental narratives which were almost always written by women.

The crime story typically features a tough and laconic protagonist, usually a detective, navigating his way through an indifferent and corrupt world. Sentimental literature, by contrast, is based in the… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 05, 2008)

Parent ISBN: 9780231126915

Language: English


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