Sara Paretsky | Critical Essay by Kathleen Gregory Klein

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Sara Paretsky.
This section contains 4,664 words
(approx. 16 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Kathleen Gregory Klein

Critical Essay by Kathleen Gregory Klein

SOURCE: “Watching Warshawski,” in It's a Print!: Detective Fiction from Page to Screen, edited by William Reynolds and Elizabeth Trembley, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1994, pp. 145-56.

In the following essay, Klein asserts that the commercialization of Paretsky's character V. I. Warshawski in the film of the same name is the main reason the film fails to live up to the novels.

Hollywood Pictures’ V. I. Warshawski (1991) transforms plots in which Sarah Paretsky carefully weaves professional and personal stories, and where detection is a metaphor for living life, into a simplistic—and essentially unresolved—linear narrative. In the process, Paretsky's detective, V. I. Warshawski, is objectivized and fetishized from an independent, complex woman into a passive object of male desire.

Hollywood Pictures’ release of V. I. Warshawski starring Kathleen...

(read more)

This section contains 4,664 words
(approx. 16 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Kathleen Gregory Klein
Follow Us on Facebook