Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Let's do it!": Criminality, space, and law in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song
by Pelonis, Claire M., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 69; 1598648
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis will demonstrate the ways in which Mailer treats the Gilmore v. Utah case, the space of the courtroom, and the legal system that Gary Gilmore challenged. The Executioner’s Song can be used as a document of sorts, displaying changing attitudes within the traditional American fascination with marginal characters, death-row inmates specifically. This thesis also argues that Mailer presents a man who believes in the law and in upholding the sentences that are given to those who break it. Additionally, Mailer exploits the space of the courtroom and the state of Utah as places in order to establish a discussion regarding capital punishment and criminal figures in the United States. Finally, this thesis will look at the specific way that Mailer presents the legal facts of the case and the liberties he took with these details in order to construct his “true-life novel” in a very particular way.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wegener, Frederick
Commitee: Caron, Tim, Schug, Robert
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, American literature, Criminology, Public policy
Publication Number: 1598648
ISBN: 978-1-339-03878-0
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