Clare Rolens
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Year of Entry: Fall 2008
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Late 19th and 20th century U.S. literature, U.S. crime and detective fiction, Cold War studies, print culture, consumer culture in literature, gender and sexuality studies, class in literature, film noir, Chester Himes, Patricia Highsmith, Raymond Chandler, Vera Caspary, American Studies, working-class history and literature, publishing history. My dissertation examines how noir crime fiction engages with American dream discourse, fantasies of social mobility, and the figure of the gendered class passer to critique capitalist consumer society from the late 1930s to the early 1960s.

Research Skills:

I’ve worked with primary sources at Yale’s Beinecke Library, UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library, and the University of New Mexico’s Special Collections, among others. Bibliographic information, publishing history, and print culture are my main areas of archival research. In particular, I have extensively studied working-class periodicals from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. I have worked with French language as well as English language archival and secondary sources.