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Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Dark Fictions Claire Gorrara Abstract This book offers an introduction to the post-war French roman noir from a cultural studies perspective.

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The Roman Noir in Post-War French Culture

The locale is the city, the rhetorical colour is black, the dubious hero lives and drives by night. The author argues that the genre, rooted in counterculture, remains an enduring canon.

In six chapters Gorrara outlines a history of the roman noir through close analysis of as many groups of works extending from the Occupation to the s. It begins with Leo Malet's , Rue de la gare , in which the hero's peripatetics chart the defeat of France and the 'negation of its glorious past' p.

Sexual violence is seen an 'an extension of fraught and unhappy relations between men and women in general' p.

The history that Gorrara tells thus correlates the forms and shapes of black fiction with the aftermath of the Occupation with France in the glut of post consumerism, with decolonization and changing demographies [End Page ] inside the nation, along with the resurgence of the extreme right, and with sexual politics and violence much as they are also witnessed in recent French cinema.

The book studies a genre of fiction whose sales and readership far outnumber works of literature and cultural theory.

The Roman Noir in Post-War French Culture: Dark Fictions

The author holds to an allegorical history by which dominant themes or topoi of six decades are read through the plots and styles of a rich variety of authors and texts. Daniel Pennac's Au bonheur des ogres 3. Jorge Semprun's La Montagne blanche 4. Playing with the Postmodern: Jean Echenoz's Lac 5. Annie Ernaux's Passion simple Conclusion: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.