Compensatory function of crime fiction texts in mass culture

  • G. O. Krapivnyk H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv national pedagogical university, Kharkiv
Keywords: compensatory function, crime fiction text, mass culture, escapism, entertaining function, Modernity, manipulation


Philosophical and anthropological analysis allowed to confirm that the compensatory function is one of the basic functions of formulaic crime fiction texts in mass culture. It closely interacts and has no clear borderlines with other anthropological functions of the crime fiction genre. Structuring and systematizing human consciousness, entertaining and educating the recipient, the compensatory function positively influences the addresser, the addressee and the modern society. In the mass culture the function under consideration has a number of aspects, in particular, therapeutic, entertaining, educating etc. It transforms into a mechanism of regulating mental state when life processes are becoming more complicated and human psyche needs regular training and relaxation (including the creation of virtual situations in the crime fiction world, associated with crime, violence, aggression and their effects for all the related parties). However, the compensatory function of crime fiction texts also follows classical traditions, oriented on rationalism and enlightenment, as well as encourages regulation of moral and legal state system in the times of Modernity and Postmodernity, that is promotes moral and legal culture in the society.


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G. O. Krapivnyk, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv national pedagogical university, Kharkiv
doctoral candidate


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Krapivnyk, G. O. (2014). Compensatory function of crime fiction texts in mass culture. Scientific and Theoretical Almanac Grani, 17(11), 38-42. Retrieved from