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Who will save the day?: The development of masculinity in the hard-boiled thrillers The Deep Blue Good-by and The Affair
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Vem kommer till undsättning? : Utvecklingen av maskulinitet i de hårdkokta thriller böckerna The Deep Blue Good-by och The Affair. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

People enjoy reading hard-boiled thriller novels because they offer the perfect escape from reality. The genre’s popularity is also due to the central role of the hard-boiled hero, whose toughness and humour blend well together with the character’s moral values and sense of justice. This essay takes a closer look at the hard-boiled heroes found in the novels The Deep Blue Good-By (1964) and The Affair (2011), focusing on their masculine characteristics within the areas of the male body, power, violence and sexuality. It also studies the relationship between some of the male and female characters in the novels, in order to present various similarities and differences from the two time periods.

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2013. , 22 p.
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Hard-boiled, Travis McGee, Jack Reacher, Masculinity, John D. MacDonald, Lee Child
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66460OAI: diva2:615758
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-05-27 Created: 2013-02-20 Last updated: 2013-05-27Bibliographically approved

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