Sunday, February 10, 2013

Crimen y desviación como constructo cultural

Christiana Gregoriou (ed.)
Constructing crime : discourse and cultural representations of crime and 'deviance'
Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012, 249 pp.
ISBN: 9780230299771

Crime and criminals are a pervasive theme in all areas of our culture, including media, journalism, film and literature. Drawn from a range of areas including Spanish, English Language and Literature, Music, Criminology, Gender, Law, Cultural and Criminal Justice Studies, the contributors in this cross-disciplinary collection explore how crime is constructed and culturally represented. The essays explore the ways criminal discourses needlessly construct myths, generate fear and panic, and even hinder our personal freedoms and rights. They examine popular crime fiction and culture, and look at the ways identities are constructed in narratives of crime from across different ages and cultural contexts. Finally, the book addresses how crime can bring to light taboos, stereotypes and schemata relating to gender and sexuality.

Table of contents
Editor Preface
Notes on Contributors

PART I: CONSTRUCTING CRIMINAL FACTS

- The Devil Drives a Lada: The Social Construction of Hackers as the Cybercriminal; D.S.Wall
- Scanning Bodies, Stripping Rights? How do UK's Media Discourses Portray Airport Security Measures?; C.Gregoriou & P.Troullinou
- Narrative and Historical Truth in Delayed Civil Actions for Child Abuse; T.Ward
- The Edgier Waters of the Era: Gordon Burn's Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son; M.Colebrook

PART II: CONSTRUCTING CRIMINAL FICTIONS

- Cogito ergo sum: Criminal Logic and Mad-Discourse in Shutter Island; M.E.Iwen
- 'Armaggenon was yesterday- Today we have a serius problem': Pre- and post- millennial Tropes for Crime and Criminality in Fiction by David Peace and Stieg Larsson; R.Brown
- '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 Criminal; D.Ireland
- Criminal Publication and Victorian Prefaces: Suspending Disbelief in Sensation Fiction; M.Effron

PART III: CONSTRUCTING SOCIAL IDENTITIES AND WRONGDOINGS

- Crime through a Corpus: The Linguistic Construction of Offenders in the British Press; U.Tabbert
- Popular Faces of Crime in Spain; A.Sinclair
- Reinventing the Badman in Jamaican Fiction and Film; L.Evans
- Neurotecs: Detectives, Disability and Cognitive Exceptionality in Contemporary Fiction; S.Murray

PART IV: CONSTRUCTING GENDERED CRIME

- Engendering Violence: Textual and Sexual Torture in Val McDermid's The Mermaids Singing; K.Watson
- 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 Eyes; C.Beyer
- Understanding Aileen Wuornos: Pushing the Limits of Empathy; M.Koolen

Notes
Index


Christiana Gregoriou is lecturer in English Stylistics at Leeds University, UK. In addition to several articles, she has published  Language, Ideology and Identity in Serial Killer Narratives (Routledge, New York, 2011, ISBN: 9780203832653)

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