?

Log in

No account? Create an account
ENTRIES FRIENDS CALENDAR INFO PREVIOUS PREVIOUS NEXT NEXT
Stiff - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Stiff
4 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Stiff face?!

The misogyny of the hard-boiled novel is trickier than it seems, as your comment about "impotence" suggests. Part of me feels that it's better to have strong women with "go-to-hell" mouths portrayed as worthy adversaries than to have a less overtly sexist but more patronizing representation. At least the women in the hard-boiled novels I've read -- with the exception of Mickey Spillane, who is in a different category, for several reasons -- are complex characters with mixed feelings and the capacity to plan. Like men in other words.

Of course, there's a big difference between Marlowe and Chandler, since the latter was never really part of the former's world, best I can tell -- unlike Hammett -- and was so old when he started writing.

Ahh, the physical descriptions. Awesome.
4 comments or Leave a comment