Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Lehane's Definition

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 20 Oct 2005

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin Burton Smith" <>
> I'd have to agree. While a great many noirs (both film and novel) are
> set in the working class, it's not a major factor or a defining
> definition. These people are screwed and doomed whether the spoon in
> their yaps when they were born was silver or take-out plastic.

Perhaps Lehane's point was that where classical tragedy excludes the working class (a protagonist of 'high estate' is essential), noir can be (and often is) both tragic and working class.


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