Noir on noir: Barbara Hambly's New Orleans detective novels

Kelso, Sylvia (2001) Noir on noir: Barbara Hambly's New Orleans detective novels. Paradoxa: studies in world literary genres, 16. pp. 80-94.

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[Extract] In her essay, "Film Noir and Women," Elizabeth Cowie observes that,

A major aspect of… genre study is … the extent to which any particular work exceeds its genre, how it reworks and transforms it, rather than how it fits certain generic expectations. The theorist constructs an ideal type in order to show not only how any particular work fulfils its criteria of the ideal, but also how it deviates from it. (128-9)

The would-be noir theorist, however, starts this process with more than the usual problems of genre criticism. Indeed, before it is possible to discuss any text as noir or otherwise, one must first produce a contending construction of what noir may or may not be.

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