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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction. Dames and Driving Section One: Contents and Contexts Chapter One. Manning the Posts: Classic Noir, Postclassic Noir, and Postmodernism Chapter Two. Sexing the Paradigm: Women and Men in Noir Chapter Three. Racing the Paradigm: The Whiteness of Film Noir Section Two: Prototypes in Classic Noir Chapter Four. The Killers (1946): Quintessential Noir? Chapter Five. Out of the Past (1947): Passive Masculinity and Active Femininities Chapter Six. Kiss Me Deadly (1955): Apocalyptic Femmes Section Three: Return of the Repressed in Retro-Noir Chapter Seven. L.A. Confidential (1997) and Casablanca (1942): Does Anything Change as Time Goes By? Chapter Eight. Mulholland Falls (1996): Nuclear Noir as Numbskull Noir Chapter Nine. Fight Club (1999): Retro-Noir Masquerades as Neo-Noir Section Four: Revision of the Repressed in Neo-Noir Chapter Ten. Twilight (1998): Age, Beauty, and Star Power-- Survival of the Fittest Chapter Eleven. Fargo (1996): A Woman Who Is Not Herself Mean--Snow-swept Highways and Margie Chapter Twelve. Jackie Brown (1997): Gender, Race, Class, and Genre Conclusion. Doing It for bell: Cultural Criticism and Social Change Notes Works Cited Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Film noir -- History and criticism.
Sex role in motion pictures.
Race in motion pictures.
Social classes in motion pictures.