RARA-AVIS: World of Pulp panel

From: Jay Gertzman ( jgertzma@earthlink.net)
Date: 30 Sep 2003

?Join distinguished writers and critics as they discuss how some of the most creative action and hero characters in literary history emerged out of the fiction magazines printed on inexpensive pulp paper in the 1920s and 30s. These specters of German expressionism and shades of French realism continue to haunt popular culture today. The panel will explore not only the netherworlds of film noir and crime novels, but the little-known universe of female pulp authors, who wrote everything from hard-boiled detective stories to taboo lesbian pulps. Femmes Fatales, a new series of pulp reprints from the Feminist Press, provides fresh texts for the discussion. Morris Dickstein, author, Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970; Maria Dibattista, author, Fast Talking Dames; Laura Hapke, author, Labor's Text: The Worker in American Fiction; Geoffrey O'Brien, author, Castaways of the Image Planet: Movies, Show Business, Public Spectacle; Marijane Meaker, author, Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s; Robert Polito, author, Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson; Luc Sante, author, Low Life. Cosponsored by The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

3821 - Tuesday, December 2 7-9pm $6;

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