Howard Hawk’s The Big Sleep
In this book, Howard Hawk’s The Big Sleep is analysed according to how its composer uses and subverts the conventions and codes of the crime fiction genre for his own fresh purpose. In particular, the structure of the film is considered in terms of Tzvetan Todorov’s theory on the dual structure of Crime Fiction stories.
It focuses on how The Big Sleep fits into the evolution of the Crime Fiction genre. Historical background to the genre is provided and readers are introduced to genre theory.
The distinguishing features of The Big Sleep are shown to be closely linked with the composer’s social purpose, and the ideas and values drawn from the specific cultural and historical contexts in which the text has been produced.
A list for further reading is added.
This book suits the readability level of senior secondary school students. It is written clearly and makes complex ideas accessible.