The excerpt is a chapter from __. Overall summary. Sub categories
1. Testing the Detective
This section is focused on the concept of ‘masculinity’ and how the detective has to consciously portray himself as someone who fits into the traditional gender roles. This is done by fitting into the mold, or stereotype, of what a conventional detective or hero is supposed to look like (masculine, physically strong) and how he presents himself (not effeminate, or flamboyant perhaps in mannerisms and gestures), and how others are then viewing the performance put on by the detective. The text also mentioned a shift in ideal detective qualities: from strength and physical prowess to intellect, and how it is now necessary for a detective to possess both qualities in order to solve the crime and become a hero. The shift in these qualities, __ the shift in the villains to supervillains -> you can only beat brains with brains.
2. The Usual Suspects/Seven
In this section, Gates makes use of two detective movies to _ . She introduces the film to the readers, and gives us background information and context which are necessary, for us to be able to see the difference between the classic, conventional villain and the new and improved supervillain. Both films are similar in their portrayal of the supervillain, who use our own preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding intelligence and physical appearance to deceive _.
3. The Metaphysical Detective
This section compares the metaphysical detective story to the traditional detective story, and mentions how both are different, in terms of ending, the solving of the crime etc. The author then uses a criteria or checklist of sorts and specific examples, to prove that the films examined earlier in this chapter, The Usual Suspects and Seven, are also metaphysical in nature.
4. Manipulating the Detective/Audience
5. Getting Away With It
6. The Supervillain
Possible to explore the ideas of masculinity in section 1? Gender is a performance/ very performative and here, they very much grouped the concept of gender and sexuality together. How is this problematic?
Page 184: The representation of these heroes as intelligent is carefully negotiated as they are presented as smart in terms of their profession – usually scientific, intelligence, or historical research