Re: RARA-AVIS: Russell James on noir

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 13 Oct 2004

Bill Denton quoted James:

Noir fiction is doom-laden and pessimistic. It may have humour, it will have action, but at the tale's black heart will be a character trapped in a situation from which there seems to be no escape. Some purists would go so far as to say there must be no escape. The plight of a desperate man (it usually is a man) fighting in vain against the fates marks out noir fiction and gives it its savour.

************** Great quote, Bill. This is very close to what I see as noir. And I agree with Bill Crider's comment amount the relationship between Naturalism and noir. I haven't read McTEAGUE yet, but Crane's MAGGIE strikes me as very noirish.


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