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Unformatted text preview: Has the city been obviously gendered up and to this point in the class? Does thinking about gender change how we view the evolution of the modern city? To what end? What urban spaces are gendered? How do you see this working in the Big Sleep and the other noir materials? Think about the femme fatale. . . . She is a central character in almost all noir (though, as you will see next week, she isn't always portrayed in the same way), and is often dark, destructive, dangerous, and powerful. Some critics have argued that she functions to further objectify women in a historical period that already objectifies women, but others have argued that her power and central role in noir gives her a new, for the time, sense of agency. The question thus becomes one of gender power politics, where men dominate the city, but women have power over those men. How should we read this?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2012 for the course IAH 221C taught by Professor Odonnell during the Fall '10 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '10