Constructing Crime Discourse and Cultural Representations of Crime and 'Deviance'

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Crime and criminals are a pervasive theme in all areas of our culture, including media, journalism, film and literature. This book explores how crime is constructed and culturally represented through a range of areas including Spanish, English Language and Literature, Music, Criminology, Gender, Law, Cultural and Criminal Justice Studies.

Author Biography

Christian Gregoriou is an English Language Lecturer at Leeds University, UK. In addition to several articles, she has published English Literary Stylistics, a Crime Files monograph on (the Edgar and Anthony-nominated) Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction, and a critical stylistics monograph on Language, Ideology and Identity in Serial Killer Narratives.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures and Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Constructing Criminal Facts
Introduction and Rationalep. 3
The Devil Drives a Lada: The Social Construction of Hackers as Cybercriminalsp. 4
Scanning Bodies, Stripping Rights? How Do UK Media Discourses Portray Airport Security Measures?p. 19
Narrative and Historical Truth in Delayed Civil Actions for Child Abusep. 34
The Edgier Waters of the Era: Gordon Burn's Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Sonp. 48
Constructing Criminal Fictions
Introduction and Rationalep. 65
Cogito ergo sum: Criminal Logic and Mad Discourse in Shutter Islandp. 66
'Armageddon Was Yesterday - Today We Have A Serious Problem': Pre- and Postmillennial Tropes for Crime and Criminality in Fiction by David Peace and Stieg Larssonp. 81
'It's a sin […] using Ludwig van like that. He did no harm to anyone, Beethoven just wrote music': The Role of the Incongruent Soundtrack in the Representation of the Cinematic Criminalp. 97
Criminal Publication and Victorian Prefaces: Suspending Disbelief in Sensation Fictionp. 112
Constructing Social Identities and Wrongdoings Introduction and Rationalep. 129
Crime through a Corpus: The Linguistic Construction of Offenders in the British Pressp. 130
Popular Faces of Crime in Spainp. 145
Reinventing the Badman in Jamaican Fiction and Filmp. 162
Neurotecs: Detectives, Disability and Cognitive Exceptionality in Contemporary Fictionp. 177
Constructing Gendered Crime
Introduction and Rationalep. 193
Engendering Violence: Textual and Sexual Torture in Val McDermid's The Mermaids Singingp. 194
Life of Crime: Feminist Crime/Life Writing in Sara Paretsky, Writing in an Age of Silence, P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography and Val McDermid, A Suitable Job for a Woman: Inside the World of Women Private Eyesp. 209
Understanding Aileen Wuornos: Pushing the Limits of Empathyp. 224
Indexp. 238
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