Re: RARA-AVIS: Roots of Noir

Date: 04 Apr 2000

Whoever Harrington is, naming Madame Bovary as one of the "roots of noir" makes a sort of sense, I suppose, if a certain unrelenting, finally ironic, attitude toward materials is joined with scrupulous realism. Naturalism then tightens the screws a bit, setting the attitude more firmly and "refining" the method of approach.

Another root, I suppose, is the romance-quest literature--the knight puzzling over the knots binding the maiden to the tree at the beginning of The Big Sleep.

Somewhere in Rara-Avis' past, we've mused over the gothic as a possible root too.

Feeling academic,

Bill Hagen

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