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

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 28 Nov 2006

Kerry J. Schooley wrote:

"Transcend," in my Canuck Oxford, is to "be beyond the range or grasp of (human experience, reason, belief etc.)" ...To have low expectations for transcendence is to deny it's practical existence. Which, unlike any other literary form, noir does.

************* Well if that's the definition of transend(ence), then denying its practical existence isn't much of a stretch. And there are several other literary genres that approach noir's no-transcendence endings.

It is the quest for transcendence (or the lower-on-the-totem-pole survival) that is significant.
 It is the struggle that lends life its nobility, even doused with a serious dose of futility.


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