Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil in a Blue Dress
Author: Walter Mosley
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-06-22
ISBN: 1451612486
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Devil in a Blue Dress Book Excerpt:

Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse. Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil in a Blue Dress
Author: Walter MOSLEY
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-10-08
ISBN: 9781788167956
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Devil in a Blue Dress Book Excerpt:

30th Anniversary edition of the bestselling, award-winning novel with a timely new introduction by the author.

Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley
Author: Charles E. Wilson
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780313320224
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Walter Mosley Book Excerpt:

Critiques such novels as "Devil in a Blue Dress" and "Bad Boy Brawley Brown," while providing biographical information about the African American author.

Mixed Race Hollywood

Mixed Race Hollywood
Author: Mary C. Beltran,Camilla Fojas
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 331
Release: 2008-09-01
ISBN: 0814789676
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mixed Race Hollywood Book Excerpt:

A Kansas City Star 2008 Notable Book Since the early days of Hollywood film, portrayals of interracial romance and of individuals of mixed racial and ethnic heritage have served to highlight and challenge fault lines within Hollywood and the nation’s racial categories and borders. Mixed Race Hollywood is a pioneering compilation of essays on mixed-race romance, individuals, families, and stars in U.S. film and media culture. Situated at the cutting-edge juncture of ethnic studies and media studies, this collection addresses early mixed-race film characters, Blaxploitation, mixed race in children’s television programming, and the "outing" of mixed-race stars on the Internet, among other issues and contemporary trends in mixed-race representation. The contributors explore this history and current trends from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in order to better understand the evolving conception of race and ethnicity in contemporary culture.

Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World

Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World
Author: Dr Marc Singer,Dr Nels Pearson
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-04-28
ISBN: 1409475514
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World Book Excerpt:

Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and transnational communities. While detective fiction has been linked to imperialism and constructions of race from its earliest origins, recent developments signal the evolution of the genre into a potent framework for narrating the complexities of identity, citizenship, and justice in a postcolonial world. Among the authors considered are Vikram Chandra, Gabriel García Márquez, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick Chamoiseau, Mario Vargas Llosa, Suki Kim, and Walter Mosley. The essays explore detective stories set in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, and North America, including novels that view the American metropolis from the point of view of Asian American, African American, or Latino characters. Offering ten new and original essays by scholars in the field, this volume highlights the diverse employment of detective fictions internationally, and uncovers important political and historical subtexts of popular crime novels.

Philosophy Black Film Film Noir

Philosophy  Black Film  Film Noir
Author: Dan Flory
Publsiher: Penn State Press
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2008-01-01
ISBN: 0271033452
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy Black Film Film Noir Book Excerpt:

"Examines how African-American as well as international films deploy film noir techniques in ways that encourage philosophical reflection. Combines philosophy, film studies, and cultural studies"--Provided by publisher.

Detective Fiction

Detective Fiction
Author: Charles J. Rzepka
Publsiher: Polity
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2005-09-30
ISBN: 9780745629421
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Detective Fiction Book Excerpt:

'Detective Fiction' is a clear and compelling look at some of the best known, yet least-understood characters and texts of the modern day. Undergraduate students of Detective and Crime Fiction and of genre fiction in general, will find this book essential reading.

Authorship in Film Adaptation

Authorship in Film Adaptation
Author: Jack Boozer
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2009-06-03
ISBN: 0292783159
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Authorship in Film Adaptation Book Excerpt:

Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this transformation of a literary source to the screen is the writing of the screenplay. The screenplay usually serves to recruit producers, director, and actors; to attract capital investment; and to give focus to the conception and production of the film project. Often undergoing multiple revisions prior to production, the screenplay represents the crucial decisions of writer and director that will determine how and to what end the film will imitate or depart from its original source. Authorship in Film Adaptation is an accessible, provocative text that opens up new areas of discussion on the central process of adaptation surrounding the screenplay and screenwriter-director collaboration. In contrast to narrow binary comparisons of literary source text and film, the twelve essays in this collection also give attention to the underappreciated role of the screenplay and film pre-production that can signal the primary intention for a film. Divided into four parts, this collection looks first at the role of Hollywood's activist producers and major auteurs such as Hitchcock and Kubrick as they worked with screenwriters to formulate their audio-visual goals. The second part offers case studies of Devil in a Blue Dress and The Sweet Hereafter, for which the directors wrote their own adapted screenplays. Considering the variety of writer-director working relationships that are possible, Part III focuses on adaptations that alter genre, time, and place, and Part IV investigates adaptations that alter stories of romance, sexuality, and ethnicity.

Diversity and Detective Fiction

Diversity and Detective Fiction
Author: Kathleen Gregory Klein
Publsiher: Popular Press
Total Pages: 276
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780879727963
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Diversity and Detective Fiction Book Excerpt:

The distinguishing characteristic of the book is its mix of essays focusing on teaching cultural diversity in the classroom and illustrating diversity through fiction to the general readers."--BOOK JACKET.

Encyclopedia of Film Noir

Encyclopedia of Film Noir
Author: Geoff Mayer,Brian McDonnell
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 477
Release: 2007
ISBN: 0313333068
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Film Noir Book Excerpt:

Film noir, its directors, actors, histories, and themes, are presented for the student, scholar, and film fan.

Walter Mosley s Detective Novels

Walter Mosley s Detective Novels
Author: Agustín Reyes Torres
Publsiher: Universitat de València
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2008
ISBN: 8437071976
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Walter Mosley s Detective Novels Book Excerpt:

Basat en la perspectiva de la identitat, la consciència i la subjectivitat dels estudiosos negres com Stuart Hall, Bell Hooks, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates, Jr i W. I. B. Du Bois, al costat de l’enfocament postcolonial de crítics com Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin i Homi Bhabha entre d’altres, aquest llibre proporciona el marc teòric necessari per a analitzar les novel·les d’Easy Rawlins escrites per Walter Mosley. L’autor s’apropia de les convencions de la novel·la detectivesca per tal de representar la societat americana dels cinquanta i seixanta des d’una perspectiva marginal. La subjectivitat d’Easy Rawlins està determinada pel seu paper com a detectiu, la seva consciència postcolonial com a home negre que ha crescut en una societat dominada pels blancs i, per la seua inclinació i defensa d’una forta cultura afroamericana.

Pulp

Pulp
Author: Scott McCracken
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 228
Release: 1998-09-15
ISBN: 9780719047596
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pulp Book Excerpt:

Pulp brings together in one volume chapters on the bestseller, detective fiction, popular romance, science fiction and horror. It combines a lucid and accessible account of the cultural theories that have informed the study of popular fiction with detailed readings of particularly Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper, Colin Dexter, William Gibson, Stephen King, Iain Banks, Terry McMillan and Walter Mosley. Scott McCracken argues that popular fiction serves a vital function in the late twentieth century: it provides us with the means to construct a workable sense of self in the face of the disorientating pressures of modernity.

The American Dream and Dreams Deferred

The American Dream and Dreams Deferred
Author: Carlton D. Floyd,Thomas Ehrlich Reifer
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1793634122
Category: American Dream in literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American Dream and Dreams Deferred Book Excerpt:

This book examines how rival interpretations of the American Dream poignantly express conflicts over its very meaning, revealing the dialectical tension therein, and awakening us to the distance between the Dream and our reality, in the light of its continued deferment and its price.

The Urban Condition

The Urban Condition
Author: Ghent Urban Studies Team,Dirk De Meyer
Publsiher: 010 Publishers
Total Pages: 456
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9789064503559
Category: Areas metropolitanas
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Urban Condition Book Excerpt:

What does the Western city at the end of the twentieth century look like? How did the modern metropolis of congestion and density turn into a posturban or even postsuburban cityscape? What are edge cities and technoburbs? How has the social composition of cities changed in the postwar era? What do gated communities tell us about social fragmentation? Is public space in the contemporary city being privatized and militarized? How can the urban self still be defined? What role does consumer aestheticism have to play in this? These and many more questions are addressed by this uniquely conceived multidisciplinary study. The Urban Condition seeks to interfere in current debates over the future and interpretation of our urban landscapes by reuniting studies of the city as a physical and material phenomenon and as a cultural and mental (arte)fact. The Ghent Urban Studies Team responsible for the writing and editing of this volume is directed by Kristiaan Versluys and Dirk De Meyer at the University of Ghent, Belgium. It is an interdisciplinary research team of young academics that further consists of Kristiaan Borret, Bart Eeckhout, Steven Jacobs, and Bart Keunen. The collective expertise of GUST ranges from architectural theory, urban planning, and art history to philosophy, literary criticism and cultural theory.

Masculinity in Fiction and Film

Masculinity in Fiction and Film
Author: Brian Baker
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2006-04-09
ISBN: 1847141498
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masculinity in Fiction and Film Book Excerpt:

This book looks at a wide range of fiction and film texts, from the 1950s to the present, in order to analyse the ways in which masculinity has been represented in popular culture in Britain and the United States. It covers numerous genres, including spy fiction, science fiction, the Western and police thrillers. Each chapter focuses on key forms of masculinity found in each genre, such as the 'double agent', the 'rogue cop' and the 'citizen-soldier'. Brian Baker takes a broad, contextual approach, placing a detailed discussion of key texts and issues concerning masculinity in their historical and cultural context. Written in a clear, accessible way, it explores the changing representation of men over the last fifty years.

Confluences

Confluences
Author: John Cullen Gruesser
Publsiher: University of Georgia Press
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2007
ISBN: 0820330264
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Confluences Book Excerpt:

Confluences looks at the prospects for and the potential rewards of breaking down theoretical and disciplinary barriers that have tended to separate African American and postcolonial studies. John Cullen Gruesser’s study emphasizes the confluences among three major theories that have emerged in literary and cultural studies in the past twenty-five years: postcolonialism, Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Signifyin(g), and Paul Gilroy’s black Atlantic. For readers who may not be well acquainted with one or more of the three theories, Gruesser provides concise introductions in the opening chapter. In addition, he urges those people working in postcolonial or African American literary studies to attempt to break down the boundaries that in recent years have come to isolate the two fields. Gruesser then devotes a chapter to each theory, examining one literary text that illustrates the value of the theoretical model, a second text that extends the model in a significant way, and a third text that raises one or more questions about the theory. His examples are drawn from the writings of Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, Walter Mosley, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Harry Dean, Harriet Jacobs, and Alice Walker. Cautious not to conflate postcolonial and African American studies, Gruesser encourages critics to embrace the black Atlantic’s emphases on movement through space (routes rather than roots) and intercultural connections and to expand and where appropriate to emend Gilroy’s efforts to bridge the two fields.

White Butterfly

White Butterfly
Author: Walter Mosley
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-06-22
ISBN: 9781451612523
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

White Butterfly Book Excerpt:

The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over. Then a white college coed dies the same brutal death, and the cops put the heat on Easy: If he doesn't help, his best friend is headed for jail. So Easy's back, walking the midnight streets of Watts and the darker, twisted avenues of a cunning killer's mind....

Who Did It First

Who Did It First
Author: Bob Leszczak
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2013-10-10
ISBN: 081088867X
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Did It First Book Excerpt:

“Everybody has to start somewhere. Businessmen start on the ground floor and try to work their way up the corporate ladder. Baseball players bide their time in the minor leagues wishing for an opportunity to move up and play in the majors. Musical compositions aren’t very different—some songs just don’t climb the charts the first time they’re recorded. However, with perseverance, the ideal singer, the right chemistry, impeccable timing, vigorous promotion, and a little luck, these songs can become very famous.” So writes Bob Leszczak in the opening pages of Who Did It First? Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists Here readers will discover the little-known history behind legendary rhythm and blues numbers on their way to the majors. As Leszczak points out, the version you purchased, danced to, romanced to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded. Like wine and cheese, some tunes just get better with age, and behind each there is a story. Who Did It First? contains interesting facts and amusing anecdotes, often gathered through Leszczak’s vast archive of personal interviews with the singers, songwriters, record producers, and label owners who wrote, sang, recorded, and distributed either the original cut or one of its classic covers. The first in a series devoted to the story of great songs and their revivals, Who Did It First? is the perfect playlist builder. Whether quizzing friends at a party, answering a radio station contest, or simply satisfying an insatiable curiosity to know who really did do it first, this book is a must-have.

New Hard boiled Writers 1970s 1990s

New Hard boiled Writers  1970s 1990s
Author: LeRoy Panek
Publsiher: Popular Press
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780879728205
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Hard boiled Writers 1970s 1990s Book Excerpt:

"With an eye toward the origins and development of the hard-boiled story, LeRoy Lad Panek comments both on the way it has changed over the past three decades and examines the work of ten significant contemporary hardboiled writers. Chapters show how the new writers have used the hard-boiled story and the hard-boiled hero to make powerful statements about reality in the last quarter of the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

From Tinseltown to Bordertown

From Tinseltown to Bordertown
Author: Celestino Deleyto
Publsiher: Wayne State University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2017-04-03
ISBN: 0814339867
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Tinseltown to Bordertown Book Excerpt:

Los Angeles is a global metropolis whose history and social narrative is linked to one of its top exports: cinema. L.A. appears on screen more than almost any city since Hollywood and is home to the American film industry. Historically, conversations of social and racial homogeneity have dominated the construction of Los Angeles as a cosmopolitan city, with Hollywood films largely contributing to this image. At the same time, the city is also known for its steady immigration, social inequalities, and exclusionary urban practices, not dissimilar to any other borderland in the world. The Spanish names and sounds within the city are paradoxical in relation to the striking invisibility of its Hispanic residents at many economic, social, and political levels, given their vast numbers. Additionally, the impact of the 1992 Los Angeles riots left the city raw, yet brought about changing discourses and provided Hollywood with the opportunity to rebrand its hometown by projecting to the world a new image in which social uniformity is challenged by diversity. It is for this reason that author Celestino Deleyto decided to take a closer look at how the quintessential cinematic city contributes to the ongoing creation of its own representation on the screen. From Tinseltown to Bordertown: Los Angeles on Film starts from the theoretical premise that place matters. Deleyto sees film as predominantly a spatial system and argues that the space of film and the space of reality are closely intertwined in complex ways and that we should acknowledge the potential of cinema to intervene in the historical process of the construction of urban space, as well as its ability to record place. The author asks to what extent this is also the city that is being constructed by contemporary movies. From Tinseltown to Bordertown offers a unique combination of urban, cultural, and border theory, as well as the author’s direct observation and experience of the city’s social and human geography with close readings of a selection of films such as Falling Down, White Men Can’t Jump, and Collateral. Through these textual analyses, Deleyto tries to situate filmic narratives of Los Angeles within the city itself and find a sense of the “real place” in their fictional fabrications. While in a certain sense, Los Angeles movies continue to exist within the rather exclusive boundaries of Tinseltown, the special borderliness of the city is becoming more and more evident in cinematic stories. Deleyto’s monograph is a fascinating case study on one of the United States’ most enigmatic cities. Film scholars with an interest in history and place will appreciate this book.