Re: RARA-AVIS: more noir

Date: 10 Nov 2005

> But I don't think it essential that a story adopt a working or lower
> class point of view to be noir. In essence, noir says everyone is

Kerry, I agree with you that the working-class point of view is not essential to noir. In fact, I think that there is a pervading sense of noir in Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY. (I said as much on this list last fall in response to a post by David White.) Most of the characters in GATSBY are certainly screwed.

Anyway, I presented a paper arguing that point at last spring's Fitzgerald conference, and author Budd Schulberg told me that he thought I was on to something....

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