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Murder most foul : the killer and the American Gothic imagination

Author: Karen Halttunen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
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"In Murder Most Foul, Karen Halttunen explores the changing view of murder from early New England sermons read at the public execution of murderers, through the nineteenth century, when secular and sensational accounts replaced the religious treatment of the crime as the manifestation of sinful human nature, to today's fascination with socio-psychological anatomies of murder."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
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Halttunen, Karen, 1951-
Murder most foul.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(DLC) 98022624
(OCoLC)39101962
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Halttunen
ISBN: 9780674038172 0674038177
OCLC Number: 593253885
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 322 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction 1. The Murderer as Common Sinner 2. The Birth of Horror 3. The Pornography of Violence 4. The Construction of Murder as Mystery 5. Murder in the Family Circle 6. Murdering Medusa 7. The Murderer as Mental Alien Epilogue Notes Index
Responsibility: Karen Halttunen.
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The invention of [true-crime] detective stories is often ascribed to Edgar Allan Poe, particularly in The Murders in the Rue Morgue, published in 1841. In Murder Most Foul, Karen Halttunen Read more...

 
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