9780333776681

The American Thriller Generic Innovation and Social Change in the 1970s

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  • ISBN13:

    9780333776681

  • ISBN10:

    0333776682

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-01-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

What is the American Thriller? Has it developed over time? What was it like in the past? This is a book about thrillers and gaining knowledge of what American thrillers were like in a specific period-the 1970s. Analyzing '70s texts about crime, police, detectives, corruption, paranoia and revenge, The American Thriller aims to open the debate on genre in light of audience theory, literary history, and the place of popular fiction at the moment of its production.

Author Biography

Paul Cobley is Senior Lecturer in Communications, London Guildhall University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Introduction 1(14)
Firing the Generic Canon
15(19)
Reading the Space of the 1970s
34(21)
`The Luxury to Worry about Justice': Hard-boiled Style and Heroism
55(23)
What Do We `Believe' When We `See'? Views of Crime
78(22)
`Keeping That Sixth Ball in the Air': The Police
100(23)
Sambos or Superspades?
123(23)
Just Because You're Paranoid It Doesn't Mean They're Not Out to Get You
146(21)
`Thank God for the Rain...': Revenge from Dirty Harry to The Exterminator
167(22)
Conclusion 189(9)
Further Reading 198(10)
Notes 208(11)
References 219(18)
Index 237

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