Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture

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Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Journal of the Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)
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Deadline for submission: Nov. 15, 2015

HERA is pleased to announce an upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (www.h-e-r-a.org).

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler featured moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.

Classic noir faded in the 1950s, but during the 1970s as noir made a comeback it also spawned a new form dubbed neo-noir, a form set in the near future where a gloomy dystopia with an environmentally corrupt aesthetic reflects the characters' personalities as they question the essence of human nature. Neo-noir, in turn, has spawned cyberpunk, retro noir, and steam punk as aficionados still squabble over whether noir is a genre, style, or movement.

From classic to neo-noir, this issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will examine the history, issues, and theories of the noir vision in American culture as exemplified by literary and mass cultural fiction (films, texts, art, pulps, comics) and its interactions with historical, social, political, psychological and literary-cinematic contexts.

The completed essays should be approximately 6,000 words.

Please submit articles to Dore' Ripley (guest editor) at dore.ripley@gmail.com