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Film/Television Studies

This web site provides guidance and links to research tools in the areas of film and television studies. Most tools are openly accessible however, unless indicated, database use is restricted to current American University students, faculty, and staff.

Print resources for film/TV research

The links on the right are to research guides created to improve the film/TV researcher's effectiveness in using the AU Library. The bibliographies are all selective and a comprehensive search of the library catalog will be necessary to find everything on a subject. The books cited in the bibliographies are located in the Bender Library stacks. For current circulation status, check the library’s online catalog at

Film Noir Bibliography

(compiled December 2009)
see also - Film Noir Filmography


The following books are located in the Bender Library stacks. For current circulation status, check the library’s online catalog at

Atkinson, Michael. Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema. 1st ed. New York: Limelight Editions, 1999. PN1995 .A775 1999.

Beverly, William. On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover's America. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003. PS374.F83 B48 2003.

Biesen, Sheri Chinen. Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,  2005. PN1995.9.F54 B53 2005.

Borde, Raymond. A Panorama of American Film Noir, 1941-1953. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2002.  PN1995.9.F54 B671 2002.

Bould, Mark. Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City. London: Wallflower, 2005. PN1995.9.F54 B68 2005.

Broe, Dennis. Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009. PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009.

Brook, Vincent. Driven to Darkness: Jewish Émigré Directors and the Rise of Film Noir. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2009. PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009.

Buss, Robin. French Film Noir. London: M. Boyars, 1994. PN1995.9.F54 B87 1994.

Calderwood, Phillip M, and American University (Washington, D.C.). From Periphery to Foreground: The Representation of African Americans in Film Noir, 2007. Thesis 9129 (microfiche)

Chandler, Raymond. The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Non-Fiction, 1909-1959. 1st ed. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. PS3505.H3224 Z48 2000.

Christopher, Nicholas. Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City. New York: Free Press, 1997. PN1995.9.F54 C54 1997.

Cochran, David. America Noir: Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era. Washington [D.C.]: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000. PS374.P63 C63 2000.

Crowther, Bruce. Film Noir: Reflections in a Dark Mirror. New York: Continuum, 1989. PN1995.9.F54 C76.

Dickos, Andrew. Street with No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir. Lexington: University Press of  Kentucky, 2002. PN1995.9.F54 D53 2002.

Dimendberg, Edward. Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2004. PN1995.9.F54 D56 2004.

Dixon, Wheeler W. Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2009.  PN1995.9.F54 D59 2009.

Doom, Ryan P. The Brothers Coen: Unique Characters of Violence. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger, 2009. PN1998.3.C6635 D66 2009.

Early, Emmett. The War Veteran in Film. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2003. PN1995.9.V44 E27 2003.

Ebrary. Film Genre Reader III. 1st ed. Austin, Tex: University of Texas Press, 2003. PN1995 .F45793 2003.

Edgar G. Ulmer: Essays on the King of the B's. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2009. PN1998.3.U46 E57 2009.

European Film Noir. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2007. PN1995.9.F54 E87 2007.

Film Genre Reader II. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995. PN1995 .F45792 1995.

Film Noir Reader. 1st ed. New York: Limelight Editions, 1996. PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996.

Film Noir Reader 2. 1st ed. New York: Limelight Editions, 1999. PN1995.9.F54 F58 1999.

Film Noir Reader 4. 1st ed. [Pompton Plains] N.J: Limelight Editions, 2004. PN1995.9.F54 F64 2004.

Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style. Woodstock, N.Y: Overlook Press, 1979. PN1993.5.U6 F5.

Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style. 3rd ed. Woodstock, N.Y: Overlook Press, 1992. PN1993.5.U6 F5 1992.

Flory, Dan. Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008. PN1995.9.N4 F59 2008.

Fujiwara, Chris. The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger. 1st ed. New York: Faber and Faber, 2008. PN1998.3.P743 F85 2008.

Gifford, Barry. Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir. Rev. ed. Jackson, Miss: University Press of Mississippi, 2001. PN1995.9.F54.

———. The Devil Thumbs a Ride, and Other Unforgettable Films. 1st ed. New York: Grove Press, 1988. PN1995.9.F54 G54.

Hannsberry, Karen Burroughs. Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1998. PN1995.9.W6 H26 1998.

Hanson, Helen. Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007. PN1995.9.F54 H367 2007.

Hanson, Philip. This Side of Despair: How the Movies and American Life Intersected During the Great Depression.  Madison [NJ]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008. PN1993.5.U6 H343 2008.

Hare, William. Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2003. PN1995.9.F54 H37 2003.

———. L.A. Noir: Nine Dark Visions of the City of Angels. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2004. PN1995.9.F54 H39 2004.

Hibbs, Thomas S. Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption. Dallas, Tex: Spence Pub, 2008. PN1995.9.F54 H53 2008.

Hillier, Jim. 100 Film Noirs. London: Palgrave Macillan on behalf of the BFI, 2009. PN1995.9.F54 H5 2009.

Hirsch, Foster. Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir. New York: Limelight Editions, 1999. PN1995.9.F54 H57 1999.

———. The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir. 1st ed. San Diego: A. S. Barnes, 1981. PN1995.9.G3 H5.

In the Eye of the Beholder: Critical Perspectives in Popular Film and Television. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1997. PN1995 .I565 1997.

Irwin, John T. Unless the Threat of Death Is Behind Them: Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. PS374.D4 I78 2006.

Isenberg, Noah William. Detour. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: BFI book published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. PN1997.D453 I84 2008.

Karimi, Amir Massoud. Toward a Definition of the American Film Noir (1941-1949), 1970. PN1993.5.U6.

Keaney, Michael F. Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2003. PN1995.9.F54 K43 2003.

Kitses, Jim, and British Film Institute. Gun Crazy. BFI film classics. London: British Film Institute, 1996. PN1997.G89.

Krutnik, Frank. In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity. London: Routledge, 1991. PN1995.9.F54 K78 1991.

Langdon, Jennifer E. Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. PN1998.3.S392 L36 2008.

Leitch, Thomas M. Crime Films. Genres in American cinema. Cambridge, U.K: Cambridge University Press, 2002. PN1995.9.D4 L45 2002.

Lichtenfeld, Eric. Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2004. PN1995.9.A3 L48 2004.

Lyons, Arthur. Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir. New York: Da Capo Press, 2000. PN1995.9.F54 L96 2000.

Mason, Fran. American Gangster Cinema: From Little Caesar to Pulp Fiction. Crime files series. Houndmills  [England]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. PN1995.9.G3 M37 2002.

Maxfield, James F. The Fatal Woman: Sources of Male Anxiety in American Film Noir, 1941-1991. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996. PN1995.9.F44 M38 1996.

May, Lary. The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. PN1995.9.S6 M343 2000.

Mayer, Geoff. Encyclopedia of Film Noir. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2007. PN1995.9.F54 M39 2007.

McArthur, Colin, and British Film Institute. The Big Heat. London: BFI Publishing, 1992. PN1997.B54.

Meehan, Paul. Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2008.  PN1995.9.S26 M366 2008.

Meyer, David N. A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video. New York: Avon Books, 1998.  PN1995.9.F54 M48 1998.

Muller, Eddie. Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir. 1st ed. New York: Regan Books, 2001. PN1998.2 M854 2001.

———. Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir. 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1998. PN1995.9.F54 M86 1998.

Naremore, James. More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.  PN1995.9.F54 N37 1998.

———. More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts. 2nd ed. University of California Press, 2008.

National Imaginaries, American Identities: The Cultural Work of American Iconography. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2000. E169.1 .N3744 2000.

National Society of Film Critics. The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2008. PN1995 .N354        2008.

Oliver, Kelly. Noir Anxiety. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. PN1995.9.F54 O44 2003.

Palmer, R. Barton. Hollywood's Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir. Twayne's filmmakers series. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994. PN1995.9.F54 P36.

Pathé Pictures, Reliance Motion Picture Co, and Roan Group (Firm). The Film Noir of Anthony Mann. Roan Group,  1999. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 80.

Perspectives on Film Noir. Perspectives on film. New York: G.K. Hall, 1996. PN1995.9.F54 P47 1996.

Phillips, Gene D. Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 2000. PS3505.H3224 Z836 2000.

Porfirio, Robert. Film Noir Reader 3: Interviews with Filmmakers of the Classic Noir Period. New York: Limelight,  2002. PN1995.9.F54.

Pratt, Ray. Projecting Paranoia: Conspiratorial Visions in American Film. Lawrence, Kan: University Press of Kansas, 2001. PN1995.9.P6 P72 2001.

Rabinowitz, Paula. Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. PN1995.9.F54 R33 2002.

Refiguring American Film Genres: History and Theory. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. PN1993.5.U6 R443 1998.

Renzi, Thomas C. Cornell Woolrich: From Pulp Noir to Film Noir. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2006. PS3515.O6455 Z85 2006.

Richardson, Carl. Autopsy: An Element of Realism in Film Noir. Metuchen, N.J: Scarecrow Press, 1992.  PN1995.9.F54 R5.

Schwartz, Ronald. Neo-Noir: The New Film Noir Style from Psycho to Collateral. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2005. PN1995.9.F54 S387 2005.

———. Noir, Now and Then: Film Noir Originals and Remakes (1944-1999). Contributions to the study of popular culture no. 72. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2001. PN1995.9.F54 S39 2001.

Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1984. PN1995.9.G3 S44.

Shades of Noir: A Reader. London: Verso, 1993. PN1995.9.F54 S5.

Silver, Alain. The Noir Style. Woodstock, N.Y: Overlook Press, 1999. PN1995.9.F54 S58 1999.

Spicer, Andrew. Film Noir. Harlow, England: Longman/Pearson Education, 2002. PN1995.9.F54 S68 2002.

Stephens, Michael L. Film Noir: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Reference to Movies, Terms and Persons. Jefferson,  N.C: McFarland, 1995. PN1995.9.F54 S74 1995 (located in Media Services reference stacks).

Stoehr, Kevin L. Nihilism in Film and Television: A Critical Overview from Citizen Kane to The Sopranos. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2006. PN1995.9.N55 S76 2006.

Tasker, Yvonne. Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema. London: Routledge, 2005. PN1995.9.W6 T36 1998.

The Big Book of Noir. 1st ed. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1998. PN1995.9.F54 B54 1998.

The Body's Perilous Pleasures: Dangerous Desires and Contemporary Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999. PN1995.9.B62 B63 1999.

The Book of Film Noir. New York: Continuum, 1993. PN1995.9.F54 B66 1993.

The Philosophy of Film Noir. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006. PN1995.9.F54 P55 2006.

The Philosophy of Neo-Noir. The philosophy of popular culture. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. PN1995.9.F54 P56 2007.

The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 2009. PN1998.3.C6635 P45 2009.

The Philosophy of TV Noir. The philosophy of popular culture. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 2008. PN1992.8.D48 P45 2008.

The Shifting Definitions of Genre: Essays on Labeling Films, Television Shows and Media. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2008. PN1995 .S487 2008.

Theisen, Gordon. Staying up Much Too Late: Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche. 1st ed. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2006. ND237.H75 A74 2006.

Tuska, Jon. Dark Cinema: American Film Noir in Cultural Perspective. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1984. PN1995.9.D4 T79.

Wager, Jans B. Dangerous Dames: Women and Representation in the Weimar Street Film and Film Noir. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999. PN1995.9.F44 W35 1999.

Women in Film Noir. London: British Film Institute, 1978. PN1993.5.U6.

Women in Film Noir. Rev. and expanded ed. London: British Film Institute, 1998. PN1995.9.W6.