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Hardboiled and High Heeled : The Woman Detective in Popular Culture - Linda Mizejewski

Hardboiled and High Heeled

The Woman Detective in Popular Culture

Hardcover Published: 6th May 2004
ISBN: 9780415969703
Number Of Pages: 240

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Can a gumshoe wear high heels? In a genre long dominated by men, women are now taking their place-as authors and as characters-alongside hardboiled legends like Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. "Hardboiled and High Heeled" examines the meteoric rise of the female detective in contemporary film, television, and literature.
Epitomized by such icons as Clarice Starling of "Silence of the Lambs," Agent Scully of "The X-Files," and Cagney and Lacey, and the heroines in best-selling novels by Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell, the woman detective has become a top-selling commodity with a hungry fan base. The number of female investigator novels has tripled every five years since 1985. Today, there are nearly 700 women writers of detective fiction, and more than 800 book series devoted to female detectives. In this book, Linda Mizejewski - author of "Ziegfeld Girl" - examines the far-reaching appeal of the woman detective. She argues that the female detective attracts a wide range of fans - straight and gay, male and female - by rebuking tradition and overturning gender stereotypes.
Richly illustrated and written with a fan's love of the genre, "Hardboiled and High Heeled" is an essential introduction to women in detective fiction, from past to present, from pulp fiction to blockbuster films.

Industry Reviews

"This intellectually rigorous history dishes out the bad with the good." -Out "[S]timulating, well-written, and well argued." -Choice "A light-hearted, accessible feminist account of the female detective....The central argument of this book is that the 'female dick'--as her very name suggests--is a profoundly unnatural figure whose very existence challenges the conventions of genre and gender." -Rachel Adams, author of "Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination "Witty, thorough, and smart, Hardboiled and High Heeled is that rare thing in feminist cultural studies--an exploration of fans' pleasures in fiction, film, and television that is itself a pleasure to read." -Lisa Maria Hogeland, author of "Feminism and Its Fictions "Weaving together film, popular fiction, and television, "Hardboiled and High Heeled reveals the power and significance of the female investigator within popular culture. Passionate, eloquent, and intelligent, Mizejewski's study is exemplary feminist scholarship." -Yvonne Tasker, University of East Anglia

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Watching the Women Detectivesp. 1
Picturing the Best-Seller List: Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwellp. 21
Jiggle, Camp, and Couples: 1960s-80s Prime-Time Woman Investigatorsp. 53
Under Suspicion: Women and Mystery in 1990s Televisionp. 89
Women Detectives on Film: First Takep. 113
Action Bodies: Women Detective Movies, 1995-2000p. 141
Clarice and Her Fans: The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibalp. 173
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780415969703
ISBN-10: 0415969700
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 6th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.04  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1