Re: RARA-AVIS: westner vs noir, cowboy vs private eye

Date: 05 Jul 2009

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    > I´m reading all of James Crumley to write a piece - presentation, essay,
    > whatever - om him for a Swedish book about noir and hard boiled crime
    > authors. The american private eye is/was always a relative to the american
    > cowboy but it seems to me that Crumley´s fiction is/was the closest to
    > western/cowboy novels that american noir crime novels will ever get.
    > So I´m thinking about the connection between the two - or the one -
    > genre(s), between american crime novels and the myth of the american
    > western
    > and cowboy myth. Has there been anything written about this? Am I right?

    Richard Slotkin discusses some of this in his GUNFIGHTER NATION.

    Best, MEH

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