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Hardboiled (genre)

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Hardboiled (genre)

Hardboiled (or hard-boiled) fiction is a literary genre that shares to some degree its characters and settings with crime fiction (especially detective stories). Although deriving from romantic tradition which emphasized the emotions of apprehension, horror and terror, and awe, the hardboiled fiction deviates from the tradition in the detective's cynical attitude towards those emotions. The attitude is conveyed through the detective's self-talk describing to the reader (or—in film—to the viewer) what he is doing and feeling. The genre's typical protagonist was a detective, who daily witnesses the violence of organized crime that flourished during Prohibition, while dealing with a legal system that had become as corrupt as the organized crime itself.[1] Rendered cynical by this cycle of violence, the detectives of hardboiled fiction are classic antiheroes. (e)

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  1. Porter, Dennis (2003). "Chapter 6: The Private Eye", The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, (96–97). ISBN 978-0-521-00871-6. 


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