• Hardboiled Feminism: Laura as an Interrogation of the Detective Genre

    Author(s):
    Brian Matzke (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Detective fiction, Feminist criticism, Film noir, Popular culture
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Vera Casparay
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/25qf-4e55
    Abstract:
    Laura holds a privileged place in detective fiction and film noir, yet Vera Caspary’s novel has received little critical attention. This paper asserts that Caspary’s novel, written within a context of a hypermasculine culture, constitutes a significant feminist revision of the genre that disrupts the hardboiled/scientific binary. By self-reflexively reworking the tropes of the hardboiled detective and using a casebook format associated with scientific detectives, the author crafts a narrative free from the strictures of a male-centered genre, creating a noir novel that boldly breaks from its hardboiled contemporaries.
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