Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: can noir writers advocate social reform?

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 26 Nov 2006

Juri Nummelin wrote:

I believe this is just what the Marxist theorists meant when they said that this kind of gloomy, pessimistic literature - or pessimism and nihilism themselves - cannot do good for the mankind, but only makes the readers more passive toward the society. It's essentially the same thing that Georg Lukacs said about Franz Kafka.

************ Kafka was an absurdist, a position antithetic to Marxism, which declares specific knowledge of where history is going. The Frankfurt school despised the pulps and the hardboiled and noir genre as lowbrow capitalism.


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