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ENG260: Detectives, Spies, & Noir: Selected Resources


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Selected Books

Selected Articles

Detective & Spy Novels (specific)

G.K. Chesterton

Burns, Timothy. "The Rationalism of Father Brown." Perspectives on Political Science 34.1 (2005): 37-45.

Hayes, Aden W. and Khachig Tololyan. "The Cross and the Compass: Patterns of Order in Chesterton and Borges." Short Story Criticism 46 (1981): 395-405.

Raubicheck, Walter. "Father Brown and the 'Performance' of Crime." The Chesterton Review 19.1 (1993): 39-45.

Agatha Christie

Wagoner, Mary S. "The Detective Novels: Finding the Form (1920-1929)." Twayne's English Authors Series.432 (1989): 33-46.

Georges Simenon

Ely, Peter B. "Detective and Priest: The Paradoxes of Simenon's Maigret." Christianity & Literature 59.3 (2010): 453-477.

Raymond Chandler

Simons, John L., and Robery Merrill. "Razing Cain with Chandler and Wilder: The Prometheus-Pandora Myth in Double Indemnity." Texas Studies in Literature & Language 56.4 (2014): 349-375. (Article not full-text; interlibrary loan required)

Donald Westlake

Peltason, Timothy. "The Professional." Yale Review 102.3 (2014): 73-96. (Article not full-text; interlibrary loan required)

Detective & Spy Novels (general)

Fletcher, Katy. "Evolution of the Modern American Spy Novel." Journal of Contemporary History 22.2 (1987): 319-331.

Stafford, David A.T. "Spies and Gentlemen: The Birth of the British Spy Novel, 1893-1914." Victorian Studies 24.4 (1981): 489-509.

Winks, Robin W. "American Detective Fiction." American Studies International 19.1 (1980): 3-16.

Winks, Robin. "The Scene of the Crime: Detective Fiction Discovers America." The Wilson Quarterly 9.5 (1985) 148-155.

Film Noir (specific)

Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder)

Allyn, John. "Double Indemnity: A Policy that Paid Off." Literature Film Quarterly 6.2 (1978): 116.

Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcok)

Toles, George E. "Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window as Critical Allegory." Boundary 2 16.2/3 (1989): 225-245.

Kiss Me Deadly (dir. Robert Aldrich)

Pritts, Nate. "The Dingus and The Great Whatsit: Motivating Strategies in Cinema." Midwest Quarterly 47.1 (2005): 68.

L.A. Confidential (dir. Curtis Hansen)

Arthurm Paul. "L.A. Confidential." Cineaste‚Äč Summer (1998): 41. 

Film Noir (general)

Conley, Tom. "Locations of Film Noir." Cartographic Journal 46.1 (2009): 16-23.

Hillis, Ken. "Film Noir and The American Dream: The Dark Side of Enlightenment." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television 55 (2005): 3-18.

Naremore, James. "American Film Noir: The History of an Idea.Film Quarterly 49.2 (1995-1996): 12-28.

Ness, Richard R. "A Lotta Night Music: The Sound of Film Noir." Cinema Journal 47.2 (2008): 52-73.

Osteen, Mark. "Noir's Cars: Automobility and Amoral Space in American Film Noir." Journal of Popular Film & Television 35.4 (2008): 183-192.

Wasserman, Tina. "Phantom Bodies: The Missing People and Empty Streets of Film Noir." Quarterly Review of Film & Video 31.7 (2014): 611-620. (Article not full-text; interlibrary loan required)