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America Is Elsewhere – The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture - Oxford Scholarship Online
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America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture

Erik Dussere


The book conceives the literary and cinematic category of “noir” as a way of understanding the defining conflict between authenticity and consumer culture in post–World War II America. It analyzes works of fiction and film in order to argue that both contribute to a “noir tradition” that is initiated around the end of World War II and continues to develop and evolve in the present. All of noir’s evolutions have taken place as responses to consumer culture; in the postwar era this consumer culture has become conflated with American citizenship, and the noir tradition presents itself as an “auth ... More

Keywords: Authenticity, Noir, Consumer culture, Postwar, Detective fiction, Conspiracy, America, Space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Dussere, author
American University

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