Evolving Standards of Decency: Popular Culture and Capital Punishment

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"Evolving Standards of Decency examines the ways in which popular culture portrays the death penalty. By analyzing literature and film, Atwell argues that capital punishment becomes much more complex when both offenders and victims are presented as fully developed individuals." Those studying justice issues, corrections, or capital punishment will find this an accessible work that places the stories read in novels or seen in movies in the context of the legal system that has the power of life and death.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The public and capital punishment : past and present 6
Ch. 2 "A random assortment of pariahs" : the Supreme Court considers the death penalty 24
Ch. 3 Real people and "true-life novels" 48
Ch. 4 Novels transformed into films 78
Ch. 5 Killing to show that killing is wrong : the death penalty in the movies 111
Ch. 6 If words could kill : crime fiction and the death penalty 128
Ch. 7 The power of stories 145
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