Chapter 2: narratives

This chapter of The Media Student’s Book explores how 20th century narrative theories have approached another taken for granted activity: the making and telling of stories. Story-shaping occurs more often than you might notice. It makes repeated patterns, or invitations to feel sympathy or distaste, from news to interactive forms. But, equally, different media, and cultures are driven to ‘tell’ stories in different ways.

The Case Study focuses on the particular example of CSI: Miami and crime fiction, exploring how crime fictions construct their often fearful pleasures and anxieties, how they relate to media institutions, and to the assumptions of the cultures which they cross and combine.

A Case Study on Psycho is available on this website.

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