Love and Suspense in Paris Noir: Navigating the Seamy World of Jake Lamar's Rendezvous Eighteenth


Tyechia Thompson
Virginia Tech


literature, Black studies


“… I find this project fascinating, as it seeks to accomplish what Lamar attempts in his novel, that is, take a diverse audience on a journey not through the famed City of Light per se, but through another Paris, its underside.”

Trica Keaton, Dartmouth University


"Thompson mines her digital essay with Amine’s purposeful intervention. She embeds links to research that complements the author that she studies. Lastly, Thompson’s digital essay reveals the multi-ethnic and geographically alert awareness. There is a crucial need for this type of academic digital essays in which authors write in an easily lucid manner."

Mark A. Reid, University of Florida


Taking readers on an itinerant journey through Jake Lamar’s novel Rendezvous Eighteenth, Tyechia Thompson, practitioner of Black Paris, explores narratives of African-American expatriates in Lamar’s life, his Paris, and his work. Unfolding in six different paths, this interactive literary analysis pulls together interviews with Jake Lamar and relevant videos, showing Lamar’s chosen setting of the Eighteenth Arrondissement and treatment of race as a departure from contemporary fiction of its type. Introducing the “different side of Paris” through narrator Ricky Jenks, Lamar centers his novel on the lesser known parts of the city, enabling direct challenges to migration narratives of inclusion and racially utopic France. Building a new layer of analysis in each path, Thompson demonstrates a flexible approach to text, showing the complexities of Rendezvous Eighteenth in both form and content.

This title was peer reviewed with a single-blind process by the AFRO-PWW editorial board.

Please cite this book using the DOI 10.21900/pww.3


  • Meet Jake Lamar
  • Your Guide
  • Left and Right Banks
  • Routes in the Eighteenth
  • Routes of Love and Paris Noir
  • Merci
  • About this Book

Author Biography

Tyechia Thompson, Virginia Tech

Tyechia Thompson is an educator, researcher, and producer. She is a Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Howard University, where she we created three digital companions to her dissertation "Mapping City Limits: Post 1960s Paris and the writings of James Baldwin, James Emanuel and Jake Lamar." Her area of expertise is African-American writers in Paris. Tyechia's digital humanities scholarship has been supported by the Black Book Interactive Project (BBIP), Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech (ICAT); the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech (CETL), Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT), Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO); African American History, Culture, and the Digital Humanities initiative at the University of Maryland College Park (AADHUM); the Digital Pedagogy Lab at Mary Washington University (DPL); and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland College Park (MITH). She enjoys traveling abroad, wearing scarves, eating vegan, and walking cities.



July 1, 2019


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