Re: RARA-AVIS: RE : Lolita and noir

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 02 Feb 2007

At 03:31 AM 02/02/2007 +0000, Richard Moore wrote:

>To my personal sense of what is Noir and what is not, the more the
>humor, the more I would be likely to exclude it. This doesn't mean
>that I would not enjoy the buffonery of some novels by Erskine
>Caldwell or John Faulkner. I just wouldn't call them Noir. I may be
>advantaged or disadvantaged by growing up in rural Georgia and
>knowing people very like the characters. "Noir" to me continues to
>carry with it the "black" of the definition and humor, even black
>humor, erodes and removes that black edge.

I've always viewed humour as a short-term survival approach. In that sense, it doesn't interfere with my personal definition of noir as non-transcendent literature.

Best, Kerry

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