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Department of English to Celebrate Book Launch

November 20, 2023

Idaho State University’s Department of English and Philosophy is hosting a book launch celebration for Dr. Hal Hellwig’s book, American Film Noir Genres, Characters, and Settings on Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at Portneuf Valley Brewery. 

American Film Noir Genres, Characters, and Settings argues that film noir style evolved out of American literature prior to the 1930s and continues to evolve long after the classic films that defined its presence in cinema. While many critics suggest that the film noir tradition ceased after the mid-1950s, labeling similar films produced later as ‘neo-noir’, Harold Hellwig contends that film noir itself has continued to evolve beyond cinema to include television series such as CSI, Have Gun Will Travel, and Frasier, among others. Hellwig posits that, rather than being a single genre in and of itself, film noir comprises several genres, including detective procedurals, science fiction, the Western, and even comedy. This book examines different elements of American film noir – including the characters and settings it is often defined by – and its contexts within different adaptations in both film and television. Scholars of film studies, American literature, and media studies will find this book of particular interest.

Light hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar will be provided. 

The book is available here.

Special 30% Discount Offer! Use code LXFANDF30 when ordering.


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