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In the media: Professor wins award for essay on Capote, Kansans

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Truman Capote's book about a 1959 quadruple murder in Kansas "In Cold Blood" affected many Kansans in many different ways. An essay by Dave Tell, professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, claims Kansans' different reactions to the book depended on where they lived.

That essay, "The Meanings of Kansas: Rhetoric, Regions and Counter Regions" won the National Communication Association's Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award for excellence in communication research.

The Lawrence Journal World covers the essay's insight on Kansans' reactions, the essay's award and reactions to the essay in this recent article.