Going Blood-Simple in Poisonville

  title={Going Blood-Simple in Poisonville},
  author={C. Breu},
  journal={Men and Masculinities},
  pages={52 - 76}
  • C. Breu
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Men and Masculinities
This article examines the representation and critique of what it terms hard-boiled masculinity as an exemplary form of modern masculinity in Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. The novel presents hard-boiled masculinity as violent, rationalized, and largely purged of interiority and affect. Its representation of masculinity is organized around a form of split narration in which the affective detachment and seeming rationality of the firstperson narration produces a textual unconscious in which the… Expand
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