Social Criticism In Dashiell Hammett S Red Harvest And The Maltese Falcon

Author: Ole Wagner
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 363892727X
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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar ), course: Twentieth Century Crime Fiction, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This essay will explore how social criticism is performed in two novels of Dashiell Hammett. Red Harvest is often described as "the first hard-boiled novel," giving it the status of a literary landmark. Here the author gives us a clear impression of his characteristic world and his social vision of it. Therefore, the novel appears to be an interesting subject to look how this kind of literature employs social criticism. The other book that will be examined here is The Maltese Falcon, one of the most popular and best known hard-boiled crime novels ever, that has served as a model for many authors. As Robert Shulman argues, Hammet gives his "social vision its fullest expression" in this novel, showing "his concern with American individualism." Thus, as this examination is limited to two works, it seems most sensible to use The Maltese Falcon along with Red Harvest for this purpose to produce a good insight into the social criticism in Hammett's books. Before beginning with the study, it is necessary to make clear what 'social criticism' is here, as the term itself has a wide meaning. 'Social' will be discussed in the sense, as the Merriam-Webster dictionary puts it, "of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society." This means that in a smaller sense, the term 'social' concerns the way the individuals, the characters of the novels, deal with each other, and, in a larger sense, how the society is organized and how its institutions treat the individual and the group, which also brings economic and political components into the scope of the study. The Maltese Falcon and Red Harvest are particularly well suited for suc

Probable Cause

Author: LeRoy Panek
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879724863
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American crime fiction has developed into writing that has a commitment to democracy and the democratic way of life, a compassion and empathy and a style which has created a significant branch of American literature.

Red Harvest

Author: Patrick C. Greene
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
ISBN: 1516108302
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In the epic tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Jonathan Maberry, a chilling new masterwork of small-town evil, centuries-old traditions, and newly-risen terror… RED HARVEST Every year at harvest time, something strange and wonderful happens in the sleepy farm community of Ember Hollow. It comes alive. Truckloads of pumpkins are sent off to be carved into lanterns. Children scramble to create the creepiest, scariest costumes. Parents stock up on candy and prepare for the town’s celebrated Pumpkin Parade. And then there is Devil’s Night . . . But this year, something is different. Some of the citizens are experiencing dark, disturbing visions. Others are beginning to wonder if they’re losing their minds, or maybe their souls. One newly sober singer with the voice of a fallen angel is tempted to make a deal that will seal his fate. And one very odd boy is kept locked in a shed by his family—for reasons too horrible to imagine . . . Whatever is happening to this town, they’re going to make it through this Halloween. Even if it kills them . . .

Rote Ernte

Author: Dashiell Hammett
ISBN: 9783257240733
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The Word On The Streets

Author: Brooks E. Hefner
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813940427
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From the hard-boiled detective stories of Dashiell Hammett to the novels of Claude McKay, The Word on the Streets examines a group of writers whose experimentation with the vernacular argues for a rethinking of American modernism—one that cuts across traditional boundaries of class, race, and ethnicity. The dawn of the modernist era witnessed a transformation of popular writing that demonstrated an experimental practice rooted in the language of the streets. Emerging alongside more recognized strands of literary modernism, the vernacular modernism these writers exhibited lays bare the aesthetic experiments inherent in American working-class and ethnic language, forging an alternative pathway for American modernist practice. Brooks Hefner shows how writers across a variety of popular genres—from Gertrude Stein and William Faulkner to humorist Anita Loos and ethnic memoirist Anzia Yezierska—employed street slang to mount their own critique of genteel realism and its classist emphasis on dialect hierarchies, the result of which was a form of American experimental writing that resonated powerfully across the American cultural landscape of the 1910s and 1920s.

The Crisis

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The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP, is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.

Star Warstm Darth Scabrous

Author: Joe Schreiber
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 364110050X
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Star Wars meets Horror – ein galaktischer Sprung in ein neues Genre! Hestizo Trace besitzt ein außergewöhnliches Talent der Macht: die Gabe im Umgang mit Pflanzen. Doch ihr sorgloses Leben findet ein jähes Ende, als sie in die Hände von Darth Scabrous fällt. Denn die junge Jedi besitzt eine seltene Orchidee, in der sich ein Virus mit unvorstellbarer Wirkung verbirgt. Plötzlich erstehen Tote wieder auf, getrieben von blutigem Hunger auf alles Lebendige und befehligt von einem Sith-Lord mit der unersättlichen Gier nach Macht – und einem einzigen Ziel: Unsterblichkeit.

Catalog Of Copyright Entries Third Series

Publisher: Copyright Office, Library of Congress
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Includes Part 1, Number 2: Books and Pamphlets, Including Serials and Contributions to Periodicals July - December)