Re: RARA-AVIS: The Pleasure of H-B/Noir

From: Tribe (
Date: 27 Oct 2005

On 10/27/05, George C. Upper III wrote:
> Without any desire to re-open the can of worms containing the elusive
> definitions of these terms, I wanted to ask regular readers of these
> genres why we read them. Do the vicarious experiences of noir heroes /
> anti-heroes provide a release for the fear and pity, a la Aristotle's
> Poetics, that we normally bottle up? Are such works "mere"
> entertainment, in the sense of escapism? Do they somehow inform us
> about the true nature of the world in which we live? Or do we, perhaps
> perversely, wish we lived in a world like those of our hard-boiled
> heroes?

The view from over here is that hb/noir is creates a sort of dialogue with the darker side of things, and yet, because of its nature, it's fun to thrills. Subversion and cheap doesn't get any better.


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