L.A. Private Eyes (Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture) (Hardcover)

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L.A. Private Eyes examines the tradition of the private eye as it evolves in films, books, and television shows set in Los Angeles from the 1930’s through the present day. It takes a closer look at narratives—both on screen and on the printed page—in which detectives travel the streets of Los Angeles, uncovering corruption, moral ambiguity, and greed with the conviction of urban cowboys, while always ultimately finding truth and redemption. With a review of Los Angeles history, crime stories, and film noir, L.A. Private Eyes explores the metamorphosis of the solitary detective figure and the many facets of the genre itself, from noir to mystery, on the screen. While the conventions of the genre may have remained consistent and recognizable, the points where they evolve illuminate much about our changing gender and power roles.

Watch a video of the author speaking about this topic: https://goo.gl/Xr9RFD
And also: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mkqw3mplruf7jje/Detective%20Talk%20Full.mp4?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/mkqw3mplruf7jje/Detective%20Talk%20Full.mp4?dl=0)

About the Author

DAHLIA SCHWEITZER is a professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is also the author of Going Viral: Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World (Rutgers University Press).

Praise For…

"Slip into the gritty romantic noir of the LA detective scene with Dahlia Schweitzer and you won’t want to leave—at least not until she’s helped you unlock the genre’s mysteries, its place in American culture and its evolution. Bring a fedora, a stiff drink and a desire to understand, as Schweitzer does, the light and dark sides of the private eye."
— Jonathan Allen

"Much more than a deftly written and comprehensive chronicle of the enduring appeal of the LA detective, Schweitzer’s book compellingly traverses the fields of history, geography and popular culture so that we might more fully grasp this absorbing character and its inflections over decades of literature, radio, film and TV. From Philip Marlowe to Easy Rawlins to Veronica Mars, the author invites the reader on a compressed tour of the mean streets, stifling suburbs and sprawling highways inhabited by this private eye, with insight and acumen. If you think you know this icon already, Schweitzer’s writing will make you think again."
— Deborah Jermyn

“With the same punchy, elegant concision true to the noir style, Schweitzer reappraises the long line of L.A. gumshoes from Philip Marlowe and Easy Rawlins through Veronica Mars.”
— Noah Isenberg

"Dahlia Schweitzer pounds the pavement in search of the gumshoes who pervade the city and popular culture. She uncovers the clues, weighs the evidence, and presents her case in yet another terrific, informative read."
— Mike White

"The Projection Booth" interview with Dahlia Schweitzer
— The Projection Booth

WICN.org "Inquiry" podcast interview with Dahlia Schweitzer
— Inquiry podcast

The Mo'Kelly Show interview with Dahlia Schweitzer 
— The Mo'Kelly Show

iZombie podcast interview with Dahlia Schweitzer 
— iZombie podcast

"With noir still a hotly debated genre, Dahlia Schweitzer takes a welcome approach in L.A. Private Eyes to a subset of the style....Scwheitzer’s detailed look at this central figure of noir helps to clarify the investigator’s point of view and its effects on the narrative."
— Film and History
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813596372
ISBN-10: 0813596378
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Pages: 194
Language: English
Series: Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture