RARA-AVIS: Re: Humor and irony in noir

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 21 Oct 2004

True humor (which is indeed redeeming, that is, healthy) is incompatible with true noir. If the situation of the doomed noir protagonist is made humorous, the reader may not believe in it. Lose the accepted doom and noir can easily become ridiculous. Somehow Willeford managed to mix the two, but he's the exception. I would not say that humor has been an element of noir from the beginning. Quite the contrary.



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