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Finding a Way HomeA Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction$
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Owen E. Brady and Derek C. Maus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730883

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.001.0001

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The Mouse Will Play

The Mouse Will Play

The Parodic in Walter Mosley’s Fiction

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(p.121) The Mouse Will Play
Source:
Finding a Way Home
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Laura Quinn

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.003.0010

This chapter examines the role that formal parody plays in Walter Mosley’s work. It argues that Mosley’s work is simultaneously a parody and an exemplar of “hard-boiled” detective fiction. Mosley uses the hard-boiled genre to at once reiterate and destabilize the formula. He makes rich use of its conventions while striving to bring its chickens home to roost by denaturalizing those conventions through a process of unmasking the undemocratic interests that they serve.

Keywords:   Walter Mosley, African American literature, parody, detective fiction

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