Hard-boiled race: the examination of racialized space and identity within Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress

dc.contributor.author Wiser, Zachary
dc.contributor.department English
dc.date 2018-08-22T22:42:50.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T07:50:18Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T07:50:18Z
dc.date.copyright Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2005
dc.date.issued 2005-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Walter Mosley is primarily known for his Easy Rawlins series, namely the first book of the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, which is a hard-boiled detective novel. While Walter Mosley performs the functions of the hard-boiled genre in a way that would make Raymond Chandler proud, Mosley is also providing a level of social commentary that was rarely, if ever, accessible to traditional hard-boiled writers. The primary way in which Mosley expands the realm of critical commentary within the hard-boiled genre is by racializing the landscape; however, while bringing race into the hard-boiled genre is the thematic goal of Devil in a Blue Dress, Mosley does much more than simply make the characters black. Through following the specific mores of the hard-boiled genre, and utilizing the issue of racial identification through setting, character duality and racial transgression, Mosley is able to create a commentary on the hypocrisy of a social structure that identifies all inhabitants based upon racial markers and the injustices that result from such a system. Ultimately, by tackling the most deeply embedded cultural issue in America (race), Walter Mosley is able to fulfill the goal of hard-boiled detective fiction in a way that the forerunners of the tradition could never have imagined.</p>
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-7073
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dc.subject.disciplines English Language and Literature
dc.subject.keywords English
dc.subject.keywords English literature
dc.subject.keywords Literature
dc.title Hard-boiled race: the examination of racialized space and identity within Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress
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