Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction

  • Maysaa Husam Jaber

Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-11
  3. The “Mad-Bad” Criminal Woman

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      Pages 12-31
  4. Pre-War Criminal Femmes Fatales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
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      Pages 35-51
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      Pages 52-72
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      Pages 73-101
  5. Post-War Criminal Femmes Fatales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
  6. Conclusion

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      Pages 157-162
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 163-216

About this book


This book fills a gap in both literary and feminist scholarship by offering the first major study of femme fatales in hardboiled crime fiction. Maysaa Jaber shows that the criminal literary figures in the genre open up powerful spaces for imagining female agency in direct opposition to the constraining forces of patriarchy and misogyny.


Crime fiction Femme fatale Agency Patriarchy Gender America femme fatale fiction hardboiled fiction misogyny Narrative

Authors and affiliations

  • Maysaa Husam Jaber
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BaghdadIraq

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