This collection focuses on media representations of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, defendants in the Meredith Kercher murder case. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, encompassing criminology, socio-legal analysis, critical discourse studies, cultural studies and celebrity studies, the book analyses how this case was narrated in the media and why Knox emerged as the main protagonist. The case was one of the first transmedia crime stories, shaped and influenced by its circulation between a variety of media platforms. The chapters show how the new media landscape impacts on the way in which different stakeholders, from suspects and victims' families to journalists and the general public, are engaging with criminal justice. While traditional news media played a significant role in the construction of innocence and guilt, social media offered users a worldwide forum to talk back in a way that both amplified and challenged the dominant media narrative biased in favour of a presumption of guilt.
Lieve Gies is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research principally concerns the intersections between law, media and popular culture. Her publications include Law and the Media: The Future of an Uneasy Relationship (2008) and Mediating Human Rights: Media, Culture and Human Rights Law (2014).
Maria Bortoluzzi is Associate Professor of English Language at the University of Udine, Italy. Her research interests are in the areas of critical discourse studies and teacher education. Her latest research work and publications deal with language in social media communities and ICT for language teacher education.