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Title: Sexy/dead : gender and forensic science in the contemporary crime thriller
Author: Steenberg, Lindsay
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 2790
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2008
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Since the early 1990s, there has been a dramatic shift in the crime genre. The hunches and action-driven narratives of previous investigations have made way for experts whose knowledge of criminalistics and profiling has become the genre's primary procedure and spectacle. Similarly, female investigators are joining hyper-masculine and hardboiled detectives in scrutinising the genre's typically female murder victims. That specialised expert knowledge and female investigators should become a preoccupation of the genre at the same cultural moment demands further scrutiny. This thesis argues that they are interconnected - representing anxieties over women's changing professional roles, and a perception in postmodern and postfeminist media culture that women, in particular, are increasingly at risk of violent attack.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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