Introduction: In Pursuit of the Neo-Noir

  • Sue Short


The chapter extends existing scholarship by providing a coherent history and comprehensive definition of neo-noir. Referencing various examples from film and television to make its considerable range clear—it argues for equivalent breadth in its critical interpretation. New areas of inquiry are outlined, noting the new platforms available for ever-increasing output and the enhanced creative scope that narratives are now afforded. Far from being a pale imitation of classic noir such outdated assumptions are dispensed with in order to understand its contemporary appeal. In pursuit of the neo-noir—an intriguing and often elusive subject—this introductory chapter contends that we need to rethink questionable claims and pay closer attention to the stories told to see why darkness calls.

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  • Sue Short
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  1. 1.Birkbeck University of LondonLondonUK

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