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Noir Affect

Christopher Breu and Elizabeth A. Hatmaker

Abstract

The essays in Noir Affect articulate the importance of understanding negative affect and argue that noir is a privileged medium for doing so. Ranging, in its discussion, among a range of media and national contexts, the volume sees noir as a contemporary phenomenon as much as a historical one. Reconceptualized as defined by negative affect, noir becomes a crucial site for thinking about death, decay, anxiety, rage, sadness, guilt, shame, resentment, loss, and the erotic attachment to death. It also becomes a locus of protest and refusal against the boosterish rhetorics of capitalism. The essay ... More

Keywords: affect, film, literature, negativity, noir

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823287802
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287802.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Breu, editor
Illinois State University

Elizabeth A. Hatmaker, editor

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