True Crime is a Southerly journal issue (volume 72, number 2, 2012), edited by David Brooks, Elizabeth McMahon, and Melissa Jane Hardy.
Every contact leaves a trace. Locard’s founding dictum of forensic science can be taken to describe the complicated relationship between literature and true crime writing. As the genre of “true crime” becomes ever more prominent in Australian reading habits, its literary impact invites investigation. From Ned Kelly to Shapelle Corby, in a nation state founded in acts of dispossession, we track our way through some notable cases with an eye to the relationship between the poetic, the sensational and the everyday.
Marise Williams, Women’s work: The gender politics of the birth of organized crime in Australia
Peter Doyle, Detective writing: mapping the Sydney pre-War underworld
Rosalind Smith, The case of Frederick Deeming: the true crime archive as publication event
Michael Farrell, A Poetics of the Plough: Ned Kelly’s The Jerilderie Letter
Belinda Morrissey, A Palimpsest of Abjection: Brendan Sokaluk and the Burning of Churchill
Melissa Jane Hardie, Under the Sign of Schapelle: Passing Through Customs