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Why do true crime stories exert such popular fascination? What do they have to say about the fear of crime in the present moment? This book examines the historical origins and development of true crime and its evolution into distinctive contemporary forms. Embracing a range of non-fiction accounts - true crime book and magazines, law and order television, popular journalism - it traces how they harness and explore current concerns about law and order, crime and punishment and personal vulnerability.
PART ONE: TRUE CRIME: ISSUES, HISTORIES, CONTEXTS
'True Stories Only'
Histories of True Crime Discourses of Law and Order in Modern Britain
PART TWO: TRUE CRIME: STORIES, BODIES, CRIMINALS
Crime Magazine Stories: From American Idiom to an English Vernacular
Period True Crime: History from Below?
Daring to Know: Looking at the Body in the New True Crime Magazine
Figure in a Landscape: The Dangerous Individual in Criminal Biography
ANITA BIRESSI is a Lecturer in Media Studies at the Department of Arts and Media, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
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