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War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Sarah Trott


Hard-boiled writer Raymond Chandler created his detective Philip Marlowe not as the idealisation of heroic individualism as is commonly perceived, but as an authentic individual subjected to real psychological frailties resulting from his traumatic experiences during World War One. Marlowe’s characterisation goes beyond the traditional chivalric readings and can instead be interpreted as an authentic representation of a traumatised veteran in American society. Substituting the horror of the trenches for the corruption of the city, Chandler’s disillusioned protagonist and his representation of ... More

Keywords: Raymond Chandler, War Noir, War trauma, World War One, Hard-Boiled

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496808646
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Trott, author
Swansea University