Title

The Stages: A Story of Loss and an Examination of Crime-Themed Literature

Date of Award

11-23-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Jennifer Itell

Keywords

crime and morality in fiction; Crime-themed literature; Analysis of Crime in Fiction; Female leads in literature; Popular Culture; Lovely Bones; Gone Girl; Janine Latus; Alice Sebold

Abstract

The Stages is a work in progress about a family who lost their child to a stalker and murderer. The excerpt included herein comprises the first five chapters. The story examines how a marriage survives after the loss of a daughter, and the subsequent investigation and capture of the murderer. The academic essay that follows the creative piece examines the mainstream popularity of crime-themed memoirs and works of fiction, which are reviewed and analyzed to identify the reason for that popularity.

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