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Toward a Theory of True Crime: Forms and Functions of Nonfiction Murder Narratives

Abstract The mass media genre known as true crime is dismissed often as a more sensational, less reliable iteration of traditional crime journalism. Consumer and editorial confusion exists because there is no overarching criteria determining what is, and what is not, true crime. To that extent, the complete history of true crime’s origins and its best practitioners and works cannot be known with any certainty, and its future forms cannot be anticipated. Scholarship is overdue on an effective criteria to determine when nonfiction murder narratives cease to be long-form crime reporting and become something else. Against the backdrop of this long-evolving, multi-faceted literary/documentary genre, the researcher in this exploratory, qualitative study s... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Punnett, Ian Case (Author) / Russell, Dennis (Advisor) / Holtfreter, Kristy (Committee member) / Russomanno, Joseph (Committee member) / Silcock, William (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mass communication / Journalism / Criminology / Journalism / Literary theory / magazines / television / Textual analysis / True Crime
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 264 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Journalism and Mass Communication 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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