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Gonzo Text: Disentangling Meaning in Hunter S. Thompson's Journalism (Media and Culture #11) (Hardcover)

Gonzo Text: Disentangling Meaning in Hunter S. Thompson's Journalism (Media and Culture #11) By Sut Jhally (Editor), Justin Lewis (Editor), Matthew Winston Cover Image
By Sut Jhally (Editor), Justin Lewis (Editor), Matthew Winston
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Hunter Thompson's writing is widely read and studied, yet as a methodology and body of work his Gonzo journalism has not been the subject of much critical or theoretical examination. This book fills the gap by constructing a coherent theoretical framework around Gonzo journalism.
Drawing on theories of subjectivity and authorship from Derrida, Foucault and Barthes, key themes of Gonzo journalism are considered, including edgework, representations of drug use, ideas of professional objectivity in political journalism, sports in American culture and 'the death of the American Dream'. It is considered in wider social, political and historical contexts and in terms of boundaries of reportable experience and of objectivity and/or journalism.
Matthew Winston's study provides a critical commentary and a theoretical exploration of how Gonzo can be read as destabilising conventional ideas of journalism itself, in its peculiarly unclassifiable nature.
This book is designed to be read by postgraduates and scholars in journalism, cultural studies and media and communication. It is also suitable as an undergraduate text dealing with journalism theory, literary journalism, sports journalism, the New Journalism and the wider historical contexts of American journalism.

About the Author

Matthew Winston (PhD, Cardiff University) is a tutor in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433126796
ISBN-10: 1433126796
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: September 29th, 2014
Pages: 199
Language: English
Series: Media and Culture