Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction by Maysaa Jaber

By Maysaa Jaber

This e-book fills a spot in either literary and feminist scholarship by means of delivering the 1st significant research of femme fatales in hardboiled crime fiction. Maysaa Jaber exhibits that the legal literary figures within the style open up strong areas for imagining woman enterprise in direct competition to the constraining forces of patriarchy and misogyny.

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The cult and how it is used against Gabrielle is important as the connective tissue between the gothic tropes specific to this novel and the criminal underworld that underpins all of Hammett’s work. While the Temple 44 Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction of the Holy Grail underscores the divide between the victimization of Gabrielle and the cunning tricks played on her by Aaronia and Alice, it is also part of what John Scaggs calls the “fakery and artifice that characterise the modern city of hard-boiled fiction [which] drive a wedge between what is seen and what is known” (2005: 72).

More modern theories of women’s crime, ironically, base their concepts on a methodology that ignores women. The “new” criminology, which started in the 1960s and came as a response to traditional criminological theories discussed above, did not utilize an adequate approach to the study of women’s crime. 51 In the United States, the mid-twentieth century was an era of extensive research on criminality, largely dominated by a sociological approach. Yet notably, these studies gave short shrift to the issue of women’s crime.

51 In the United States, the mid-twentieth century was an era of extensive research on criminality, largely dominated by a sociological approach. Yet notably, these studies gave short shrift to the issue of women’s crime. A number of trends contributed to this oversight. First, sociologists moved away from regarding criminal behavior as abnormal and pathological and came to see it as normal and even admirable. Second, the period was marked by the growth of structural approaches to the study of “deviance” such as anomie and Marxist theory (Heidensohn 1985: 127).

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