RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled genealogy

From: meganabbott2000 ( meganabbott@hotmail.com)
Date: 07 Feb 2006

Hi, Kevin: It's really meant to be a jumping off point/conversation-provoking tool for class discussion. But, as I said, I welcome any and all suggestions--that's why I put it out there!

Best, Megan

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:
> > What's especially interesting is this family tree of hardboiled and
> > noir:
> >
> > http://www.mysteryfile.com/Abbott/Hardboiled.pdf
> >
> > I disagree with the arrangement of things in the 1950s and 1960s,
but I
> > couldn't do up my own version without a fair bit of brain work.
Have a
> > look.
> You're being too kind. It's skimpy to the point of paper-thin,
> downplaying entire developments and important relationships in the
> genre.
> Mind you, it's possible the definition of "hardboiled" is so tightly
> defined as regarding the curriculum that such a flow chart makes sense,
> but even so, portraying it as a sort of a vertical A to B to C family
> tree ignores the obvious lateral influences throughout the genre --
> people are influenced by their contemporaries as well as their
> antecedents.
> And it's even possible it's not meant to be anything more than a
> sketchy overview which is fleshed out in class, but still...
> Prof. Kevin

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