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The Roman Noir in Post-War French Culture: Dark Fictions

Claire Gorrara


This book offers an introduction to the post-war French roman noir from a cultural studies perspective. A populist and widely disseminated genre, the French roman noir has suffered from a reputation as a minor genre with its roots in American popular culture. The book challenges such preconceptions and examines how selected writers have appropriated the roman noir as a critical response to formative concerns and debates in post-war French society. Starting with the first truly French roman noir, Léo Malet's 120 rue de la gare (1943) and concluding with Maud Tabachnik's feminist thriller Un été ... More

Keywords: roman noir, France, French culture, post-war French society, Léo Malet, Maud Tabachnik, gender, sexual equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246090
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Gorrara, author
Senior Lecturer in French, Cardiff University