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1st Edition

True Crime in American Media

  • Available for pre-order on May 11, 2023. Item will ship after June 1, 2023
ISBN 9781032123479
June 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores contemporary American true crime narratives across various media formats. It dissects the popularity of true crime and the effects, both positive and negative, this popularity has on perceptions of crime and the justice system in contemporary America.

As a collection of new scholarship on the development, scope, and character of true crime in twenty-first century American media, analyses stretch across film, streaming/broadcast TV, podcasts and novels to explore the variety of ways true crime pervades modern culture. The reader is guided through a series of interconnected topics, starting with an examination of the contemporary success of true crime, the platforms involved, the narrative structures and engagement with audiences, moving on to debates on representation and the ethics involved in portraying both victims and perpetrators of crime within the genre.

This collection provides new critical work on American true crime media for all interested readers, and especially scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences. It offers a significant area of research in social sciences, criminology, media and English Literature academic disciplines.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors



George S. Larke-Walsh

  1. Beyond Entertainment: Podcasting and the Criminal Justice Reform ‘Niche’
  2. Lindsey Sherrill

  3. Chasing the Truth: Making a Murderer, Historical Narrativity and the Global Netflix Event
  4. Caitlin Shaw

  5. True Crime Adaptations and the Many Faces of the Atlanta Monster
  6. Kyle A. Hammonds

  7. True Crime, True Representation? Race and Injustice Narratives in Wrongful Conviction Podcasts
  8. Robin Blom, Gabriel B. Tait, Gwyn Hultquist, Ida S. Cage, and Melodie K. Griffin

  9. Unresolved - Narrative Strategies in an unsolved Crime: The Case of JonBenét Ramsey
  10. Elayne Chaplin and Melissa Chaplin

  11. Breaking Silences, or Perpetuating myths: Images of Mafia Violence in True Crime Documentary
  12. George S. Larke-Walsh and Blake J. Wahlert

  13. ‘Exquisitely Criminal Production Music’: Television, Ethics and the Sound of True Crime
  14. Toby Huelin

  15. Barthes's "Grand Project" and the Negative Capability of Contemporary True Crime: On Errol Morris’s A Wilderness of Error
  16. Michael Buozis

  17. My Friend Dahmer: A Graphic‐Narrative Search for the Origins of Evil
  18. Jesús Jiménez-Varea

  19. Forensic Fandom: True Crime, Citizen Investigation and Social Media
  20. Bethan Jones

  21. "What Else Can I Add?": Inverting the narrative through female perspectives in Falling for A Killer, My Favorite Murder, and Murder, Mystery & MakeUp.

          Stella Marie Gaynor

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George S. Larke-Walsh is a Full-Time Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, UK.