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Gonzo Text

Disentangling Meaning in Hunter S. Thompson’s Journalism


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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← vi | vii → Acknowledgments


Thanks are owed to a lot of people, but I will try to keep this manageable. Firstly, I must acknowledge the debt I owe to Bob Franklin and Paul Bowman of Cardiff University, who have been beyond supportive and beyond helpful. I would also like to thank everyone else at JOMEC who has helped, advised, talked to and/or employed me over the years of writing this book. Feeling part of the departmental community has meant so much, practically and otherwise. I am also indebted to the AHRC, for helping to fund my research. Beyond that I need to thank my family, Adele, Brian and Jessica for their aid, encouragement and support, and lastly, Emma Smith, both for her invaluable advice and suggestions regarding my research, and for everything else. ← vii | viii →

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