The Stages: A Story of Loss and an Examination of Crime-Themed Literature
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
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
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.
Oelerich, Sydney Jane, "The Stages: A Story of Loss and an Examination of Crime-Themed Literature" (2015). Arts and Culture. 100.