Fictional Death and Scientific Truth: The Truth-value of Science in Contemporary Forensic Crime Fiction

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Abstract

The author explores the relationship between science and truth in forensic crime fiction by analysis of narrative and media specific constituents of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Cornwell’s The Scarpetta Factor. Both are found to convey strong bonds between science and truth, and readers/viewers are likely to assume that this is the case also in the external world.

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  • Languages and Literature

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  • science, scientist, scientist detective, fictional science, truth, fictional truth, crime fiction, forensic crime fiction, forensic genre, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Patricia Cornwell
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-98
JournalClues: A Journal of Detection
Volume30
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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