Award Date

8-1-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Committee Member

Jennifer Guthrie

Second Committee Member

Erika Engstrom

Third Committee Member

Carlos Flores

Fourth Committee Member

Sheila Bock

Number of Pages

126

Abstract

The goal of this qualitative study is to explore the perspectives of women who are fans of the true-crime genre and listen to the podcast, My Favorite Murder, regarding factors that influence or deter their engagement with true-crime or the ways their views have been shaped by true-crime. The author is a fan of the show herself and has immersed herself in the scene by participating in three meetups with other fans of the show, interviewing two fans, and attending a live show of the podcast. She also analyzed a book written by the podcast hosts, three official handouts from the book release, five news articles focusing on the show, two publicly available interviews with the hosts and selected pieces of the podcast, its website, and Instagram page. Using the relational dialectics framework to analyze the data reveal tensions with which fans contend.

Keywords

fandom; media studies; podcasts; qualitative methods; relational dialectics; true-crime

Disciplines

Communication | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Folklore | Gender and Sexuality

Language

English

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