Chandler’s Farewell My Lovely: Dr Gary Day

"Along with Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler reworked the detective story, turning it from intellectual puzzle into a gritty evocation of the seediness and corruption of contemporary life. Chandler was more of a romantic writer than Hammet. His private eye, Philip Marlowe, is the descendant of the brooding romantic hero who knows not only that the world will fall short of his ideals, but so too will he. In the 1930s and 40s this attitude underpinned a series of films that went under the generic name of film noir. We will be looking at the novel, Farewell My Lovely, to identify those elements which, translated onto screen, became noir. It is necessary to read the novel for this course."

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."