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Eng 193 week 2

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Covers introduction to Noir, and Raymond Chandler's "Red Wind." Also covers Chester Himes' "A Rage in Harlem."
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This 9 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emilie Notetaker on Thursday August 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Eng 193 at University of California Santa Barbara taught by Saylor in Summer 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see Detective Fiction in English at University of California Santa Barbara.


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Date Created: 08/04/16
SimpleArt of Murder,” “Rede Class: Eng 193: Detective Fiction Wind,” Chester Himes, “ARage in Date: 6/27 Harlem Questions/Main Ideas: Notes: CHESS, NOT CHECKERS * Why is Marlowe so into chess? - Because Noir is all about people who have different amounts of power. - Chess is like the 1% vs 99%. - The world in which detection has changed, and thus the game that detectives play has changed * It’s a problem, not a game * Chandler must be one of the RAYMOND CHANDLER only authors that has actually * 1888- 1959 experienced what his heroes In Canadian Expeditionary Force, WWI Vinny Ridge, his unit * are going through surrounded, sole survivor * Lived in LosAngeles before the war * In WWI, is entire group was taken out except for him Alot of his stories come from his own experiences * “THE SIMPLEART OF MURDER” * Chandler believes that fiction should reflect the real world - This is why he does not like the “whodunnit” stories because it seems like it’s too whimsical * Likes Dashiell Hammet (Noir writer, inspired Chandler) - what’s at stake is realism * Marlowe is very dark - thinks that if he died no one would care * How to manipulate the world to make a pattern * Setting is SO much more “RED WIND” (1938) important in Red Wind then * Original Detective Name: John Dalmas it is in Poe, Doyle, and othe* Later re-named Phillip Marlowe in later publications (including our stories version) * * OPENING: “There was a desert wind blowing that night… Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’necks…” - violence is very prevalent, and “anything can happen,” THEMES * The random nature of violence - Murders that aren’t planned Everyone cons everyone * - Everything is counterfeit, a good detective is able to detect fakes, not necessarily recover the real version, you’re either the liar or being lied to * Not “justice” or solving the puzzle, but survival, which often means compromise THE MURDER * The murder happens so quick because it’s not about solving the murder, it’s about all the stories that tie into it * The murder is very simple and is summarized right in the beginning THE MURDERER REVEALED (AND CAUGHT) * The man who kills Waldo is described as “repulsive,” “lizard,” almost like the guy is the gun rather than a guy * The murderers we’ve described before have been cold, not bloodthirsty. This contrasts this murderer in Red Wind * The man kills Waldo because he ratted him out on a bank job * We know how he did it: with a .22 pistol. But we don’t know why! That’s what Marlowe’s trying to figure out. COUNTERFEITAND CON * Pearls the kid replaces the woman who comes to save him when Marlowe * describes how he got saved to the detectives, Copernik * the woman’s husband isn’t going to meetings, but hooking up with another woman Drunk -Al Tessilore: cold, calculating killer * * Waldo - Joseph Coates (chauffeur - blackmailer - former convict * The “guinea” [racist derogatory term for italian decent - Ybarra detective UNTYING THE KNOTS * What’s our resolution? - life just goes on, there is a balance now. When he throws the pearls into the water he’s repaying a debt. CHESTER HIMES * 1909- 1984 * 1923 - his brother is blinded in a laboratory accident having to do with gunpowder, and the hospital turned his brother away because of segregation * crystallizes the anger behind racial discrimination * expelled from Ohio State University, expelled because he was playing a prank on fellow black students because he feels that they were putting on a show or white people * Times is arrested for armed robbery, sentenced to 20-25 years * Begins writing after he is released from jail (also writes in jail) ARAGE IN HARLEM (1957) * Alternate titles: The Fiver-Cornered Square, For Love of Imabelle * First of Harlem Detective novels: nine novels (1957 - 1969) - Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson * Well-received abroad * Blaxploitation CHARACTERS * Con - men: * Slim * Hank * Jodie * Gus Parsons * Isabelle * Gold * Detectives * Grave Digger Jones * Coffin Ed Johnson * The Mark * Jackson Summary: First we covered why Noir is more like chess and not checkers Then we talked about Chandler and his aversion to whodunnits, perhaps because of his history in violence in WWI Then we talked about “Red Wind” and how completely different it was from the stories we have read Then we talked about Chester Himes and his history in segregation Then we did an introduction on “ARage in Harlem.” ARage in Harlem Class: Eng 193 Date: 6/28 Questions/Main Ideas: Notes: CHARACTERS OFARAGE IN HARLEM * Detectives - Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson - they are not very present - The first time we see them they are just keeping people in line to symbolize that they literally keep people in line TRACKING THEMES FORARiH * Violence - Random and pointless like “Red Wind,” or systematic * Gender - Women: dangerous, liars, powerful (Imabelle is most definitely a femme fatale) - Men: masculine, rigid, and unrelenting or weak and powerless * Verbal Play - Goldy as trickster figure - Survival by misdirection BLACK HARLEM * In 1910, Central Harlem was about 10% black * In 1920, central Harlem was 32.43% black * By 1930, central harlem was 70.18% black Physicality of Jackson vs. THE FEMME FATALE Imabelle vs. the detectives. * Dangerous Women/ Beauty Kills How are they all described * Imabelle differently? - In control of Jackson * Women are dangerous in the world of noir, but why? What about femininity is so threatening to the hard-boiled detective? * In opposition to: possessive masculinity, nuclear family, submissive femininity THE MEN OFARiH * Coffin Ed and Grave Digger - There in it for so little! Why have them show up in this book? - FOIL our real detective: Goldy * Jackson and Goldy are our true protagonists * Goldy’s only doing this for the gold in the trunk * Coffin Ed and Grave Digger are the only two who are devoted to each other, dependent on them, alone Summary: Review of the various characters inARage in Harlem, and how the setting plays into everything Topic:ARage in Harlem Class: Eng 193: Detective Fiction Date: 6/29 Questions/Main Ideas: Notes: * violence is systemic THE MEN OFARiH * that’s why he stems it to * Jackson slave stories “…short black fat man… pearly white teeth made for laughing, but Jackson wasn’t laughing” * Trusting, religious, gullible, moral * Fugitive narrative -African-American folk song concerning escape from slavery, slave patrols - Why parallel fugitive slave narratives in noir, hard-boiled detective novel? * very passionate about getting GOLDY out of trouble. references Cross-dresser - sister of Mercy impersonator * Agatha Christie and the * Has wife (34) passion behind the * Heroin addict performance * Lives with two other cross-dressers: “All three impersonated females and lived by their wits” (34) * Sells tickets to “Heaven” * Gets out of trouble * “signifying” is grotesque to THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY = GOLDY? someone like Sherlock * African-American folk tale trickster figure Holmes, but is celebrated in * Derived fromAfrican mythological figure Esu Elegbara African culture * Deals in trickery: tricks Lion and Elephant into fighting * Macguffin is a literary CONS strategy in order to push the * The Blow: “Lifting” ten dollar bills plot forward. It’s something * The Lost Gold Mine Pitch that everybody wants - Trunk as “Macguffin” THE DEATH OF GOLDY Goldy’s death scream is mingled with the locomotive. Symbolizing * that he kind of is Harlem. His death is the death of Harlem * Jackson stays alive. He stays alive by always moving. This is kind of what Goldy used to do CLOSING * “Daddy don’t you worry. Who cares about an old trunk full of gold ore, as long as I got you!” (159) Summary: Just went over the end ofARage in Harlem. Didion, Some Dreamers of theoan Class: Eng 193: Detective Fiction Golden Date: 6/30 Notes: Questions/Main Ideas: * Chekov’s Rifle - if you see aSERIAL SEASON ONE EPISODE 4: INCONSISTENCIES rifle in the first at expect it tThe inconsistencies in Jae’s statement * be fired in the third act * He says they went to two different malls * She emphasizes how long it took her to find these inconsistencies in order to make the audience sympathize with her, as well as show she’s done the work * He also says two different places for where he was shown the dead body TRUE CRIME: ORIGINS * 1842- The Mystery of Marie Roget - based on Mary Cecilia Rogers death * 1910 - William Roughead Trial of Oscar Slater * Slater accused of murdering older woman on faulty evidence * In 1912, influenced by Roughead, SirArthur Conan Doyle publishes The Case of Oscar Slater * Slater released in 1928 * Edmund Pearson - Studies in Murder includes famous essay on Lizzie Borden, More Studies in Murder RISE IN TRUE CRIME * Between 1964-1974,American murder rate doubles from 5.1 to 9.8 per 100,000 people per year * 1960s - rise in “stranger killings” * Decrease in murder case clearing * True crime expresses and manages fear over increasing threat of crime (Murley) JOAN DIDION * Born in 1934, Sacramento, CA * Father inArmyAir Corps, family always moving led to constant outsider status * 1956 - UC Berkeley BAin English, wins essay prize and offered position at Vogue * Fiction and non-fiction writer, well known as essayist * 1968 - Slouching Towards Bethlehem - experiences in California during the 1960s, examination of hippie movement and the California “dream” SOME DREAMERS OF THE GOLDEN DREAM * Tabloid murder story: Lucille Miller accused of murdering her husband in 1964 for insurance money - drugs him and lights car on fire off side of road after she fails to drive it off embankment, during trial, affair withArthwell Hayton comes to light * Question: What is Didion trying to accomplish by recounting this story? What puzzle or issue is she trying to solve, and how does she go about solving it? DIDIONAND PLACE * Didion seems obsessed with place * “This is a story about love and death in the golden land, and begins with the country.” * California is a place that was made by man. We weren’t meant to live here LUCILLE MILLER * She’s a midwestern girl who tries to make it in California * This optimism will end up being her downfall * The Golden Dream being the FAMILIAR NARRATIVES idea of California being a * talks as if people kind of already know what’s going on place to become successful * bad marriage and rich and famous * Why does she make these narratives so familiar? * There is a commonplace, but EFFICACY OF LOVE * Efficacy: The ability to produce a desired or intended result * Lucille tries to take back her story * “It was all, moreover, in the name of “love” “The dream was teaching the WHAT IS THE CALIFORNIA“PROMISE?” dreamers how to live,” - * Two conflicting forces * A: The alien, harsh nature of San Bernardino * B: The desire to see CAas a place of possibility * The result:Acurious graft - your hopeful vision of a place means nothing in the face of its true nature, you are never fully in control of your dreams for the future Summary: Reviewed Serial, talked about inconsistencies Reviewed the origin of true crime, and different dates that it came about Reviewed Joan Didion and how awesome she is, a literary bad ass, and some themes of “the golden dream” from Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream


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