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Gonzo Text

Disentangling Meaning in Hunter S. Thompson’s Journalism

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Matthew Winston

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.
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Winston, Matthew.Gonzo text: disentangling meaning inHunter S. Thompson’s journalism / Matthew Winston.pages cm. — (Media and culture; v. 11)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Thompson, Hunter S.—Criticism and interpretation.2. Reportage literature. I. Title.PN4874.T444W46 070.92—dc23 2014009387ISBN 978-1-4331-2679-6 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1358-1 (e-book)ISSN 1098-4208

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