Murder Most Foul The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination

ISBN-10: 0674003845
ISBN-13: 9780674003842
Edition: 1998
Authors: Karen Halttunen
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Description: In this text, Karen Halttunen explores the changing view of murder from early New England sermons read at the public executions, through to the true crime literature and tabloid reporting of the late 1990s.

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In this text, Karen Halttunen explores the changing view of murder from early New England sermons read at the public executions, through to the true crime literature and tabloid reporting of the late 1990s.

Karen Halttunen, professor of history at the University of Southern California, earned her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her works include CONFIDENCE MEN AND PAINTED WOMEN: A STUDY OF MIDDLE-CLASS CULTURE IN AMERICA, 1830-1870 (1982) and MURDER MOST FOUL: THE KILLER AND THE AMERICAN GOTHIC IMAGINATION (1998). She edited THE BLACKWELL COMPANION TO AMERICAN CULTURAL HISTORY (2008) and co-edited, with Lewis Perry, MORAL PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN LIFE: NEW ESSAYS ON CULTURAL HISTORY (1998). As president of the American Studies Association and as vice-president of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, she has actively promoted K-16 collaboration in teaching history. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim and Mellon Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the National Humanities Center, and has been principal investigator on several Teaching American History grants from the Department of Education.

Introduction
The Murderer as Common Sinner
The Birth of Horror
The Pornography of Violence
The Construction of Murder as Mystery
Murder in the Family Circle
Murdering Medusa
The Murderer as Mental Alien
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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