Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Fiction

Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Fiction

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Cassuto offers an unconventional interpretation of American literature's most "masculine" genre, the American crime story, arguing that its origins can be traced, paradoxically, to nineteenth-century sentimental narratives which were almost always written by women.

The crime story typically features a tough and laconic protagonist, usually a detective, navigating his way through an indifferent and corrupt world. Sentimental literature, by contrast, is based in the… (more)


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Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 05, 2008)

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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