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"I'll be heard": En multimodal kritisk diskursanalys av true crime-dokumentären Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"I'll be heard" : A multimodal critical discourse analysis of the true crime documentary Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes (English)
Abstract [sv]

Denna studie fokuserar på hur gärningsmannen av ett brott, och händelserna kring denne, gestaltas inom true crime. För att avgränsa arbetets storlek ligger studiens fokus på gestaltningen av seriemördaren Ted Bundy i dokumentären Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes. Detta för att kunna uppfylla studiens syfte: att se hur gestaltningar av gärningsmannen konstrueras inom true crime-genren.

Gestaltningsteorin, multimodal diskursanalys (MCDA) och teorin om medielogik utgör studiens teoretiska ramverk, och MCDA används även som metod. Första delen av analysen bygger på analysbegrepp från MCDA, vilka möjliggör en kritisk studie både av dokumentärens språkliga och visuella delar. Analysens andra del bygger på true crime-konventioner hämtade från tidigare forskning.

Analysresultatet visar på att dokumentären använder fler berättartekniker från den fiktiva brottsgenren än traditionell kriminaljournalistik, vilket tyder på att dokumentären dramatiserar verkliga händelser. Vidare visar även resultatet att dokumentären följer flera av de konventioner som finns inom true crime-genren.

Abstract [en]

The focus of this study is how the culprit of a crime, as well as events surrounding him, are framed within the true crime genre. To limit the scope of the study, the focus will be on the framing of Ted Bundy in the documentary Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes. This is done in order to achieve the purpose of the study: to see how the framing of culprits are constructed within the true crime genre.

Framing theory, multimodal discourse analysis (MCDA) and media logic constitute the theoretical framework. Furthermore, MCDA is also used as the study’s method. In the first part of the analysis, analytical concepts from MCDA are used in order to implement a critical study of both linguistic and visual parts of the documentary. In the second part of the analysis, conventions for the true crime genre are studied.

Results from the analysis show that the documentary uses more narrative techniques from the fictive crime genre than traditional crime reporting. This indicates that real events are dramatized in the documentary. Furthermore, the results show that the documentary adheres to many of the set conventions for true crime.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
MCDA, framing theory, media logic, true crime, Ted Bundy
Keywords [sv]
MCDA, gestaltningsteorin, medielogik, true crime, Ted Bundy
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47810ISRN: JU-HLK-MKA-1-20200286OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-47810DiVA, id: diva2:1393906
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HLK, Media and Communication Studies
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Available from: 2020-02-26 Created: 2020-02-17 Last updated: 2020-02-26Bibliographically approved

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