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French and American Noir

Dark Crossings

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Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Alistair Rolls, Deborah Walker
    Pages 1-5
  3. Deborah Walker
    Pages 149-167
  4. Deborah Walker
    Pages 168-183
  5. Deborah Walker
    Pages 184-199
  6. Alistair Rolls, Deborah Walker
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 200-229

About this book


A longstanding misconception surrounding the term French noir suggests that the post-war French thriller and film noir were a development of, or response to, a pre-existing American tradition. This book challenges this misconception, examining the complexity of this trans-Atlantic exchange and refocusing debate to include a Franco-French lineage.


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About the authors

ALISTAIR ROLLS is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he teaches French. His research is in the area of twentieth-century French literature, with particular emphasis on the immediate post-war era. He has published works on Boris Vian, Jean-Paul Sartre and French detective fiction.

DEBORAH WALKER is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research is in French cinema and the translation of indigenous Pacific literatures. Current projects include a book-length study of the films of Alain Resnais and another on the figure of the femme fatale in French and American film noir.

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