Introduction: ‘Cam-Era’: James Ellroy, Voyeurism and Contemporary Culture
Chapter 1: ‘Cherchez la Femme’: Voyeurism, Narrative Desire and the Female Body in The Black Dahlia
Chapter 2: ‘They’ll Believe Anything We Can Get on the Screen’: Cinematizing the City in The Big Nowhere and L.A. Confidential
Chapter 3: ‘Feast Your Eyes’: White Jazz, Voyeurism and the Crisis of Ocularcentrism
Chapter 4: ‘Window Peeping History’: Voyeurising the Past in American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand
Chapter 5: ‘You Can’t Peep and Prowl Paper the Rest of Your Life’: Blood’s a Rover, Public Privacy and the Voyeuristic Pleasures of the Archive
Conclusion: Connecting THEN and NOW: Perfidia, LAPD 53 and the Value of Ellroy’s ‘Voyeur Fiction’
To anyone who is a fan—or at least a regular reader—of the works of James Ellroy, this book will answer, or at least suggest some answers, to the complex psychiatric, metaphysical, geographical, and violent plots that make up the two challenging series and several standalone novels constituting his oeuvre. . . James Ellroy and Voyeur Fictionwill leave readers with greater insight into Ellroy’s rather challenging approach to the modern world of sight and perception, especially as it is both created and promulgated by Hollywood and greater Los Angeles.
James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction is an important work which draws you into the mind's eye of the Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction. By engaging with existing critical material and forging a new path in readings of Ellroy, Nathan Ashman has earned a place in the front rank of Ellroy scholars.