Fictional Death and Scientific Truth

The Truth-Value of Science in Contemporary Forensic Crime Fiction

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In this article, 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 (2000–) and Patricia Cornwell’s The Scarpetta Factor (2009). Despite the different media, both are found to establish a strong bond between science and truth, and readers/viewers are encouraged to assume that this also is the case in the external world. This article originally appeared in Clues: A Journal of Detection, Volume 30, Issue 1.

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Kerstin Bergman is a senior research fellow of comparative literature at Lund University in Sweden, specializing in contemporary crime fiction and the representation of science in crime fiction. Her publications include the coauthored Kriminallitteratur: Utveckling, genrer, perspektiv), (Crime Fiction: History, Genres, Perspectives, 2011), “The Well-Adjusted Cops of the New Millennium: Neo-Romantic Tendencies in the Swedish Police Procedural” (in Scandinavian Crime Fiction, 2011, and “Paradoxes of Understanding the Other: Mankell Explores the ‘African Darkness’” (in Scandinavian Studies 82, 2010).

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Kerstin Bergman
Format: E-Single
Pages: 11
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Copyright Date: 2012
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2483-9

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