Father Figure (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Positions still open)

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 13 Aug 2008

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    Michael wrote:

    "In the Fall -- actually, August 25th, I will begin study for an MA in English. I have two concentrations, Composition and American Literature, and within the American Lit concentration, I focus on hard
    - boiled detectives. Right now, I plan on examining the hard - boiled detective as male role model/father figure."

    Welcome, Michael. That sounds interesting. I understand that you're using father figure metaphorically, but it made me think. Are there any hardboiled detectives who are actual fathers? I can think of very few: Travis McGee found out he had a kid in one o his later books; Lew Griffin had a son, but little to no direct contact with him; Moe Praeger has a daughter; Richard Barre's PI (blanking on the name) lost a child. There are probably a few others, but it's rare. Certainly can't think of any "Detective & Sons" PI agency. And for all the lost children Lew Archer searched for, none was his.


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