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Chapter 16 - Black Paris, Hard-Boiled Paranoia, and the Cultural Cold War

from Part II - Social and Cultural Contexts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 July 2021

Michael Nowlin
Affiliation:
University of Victoria, British Columbia
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This chapter contextualizes Richard Wright's final completed novel, the still-unpublished "Island of Hallucination," amid another, less romantic side of Paris noir: one where lush dreams of post-racial expatriation are challenged, where Black transnationalism is inescapably molded by state surveillance, and where a capital of the cultural Cold War is erected on the foundation of a capital of Black modernity.

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Print publication year: 2021

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