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Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Alzena MacDonald, "Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture"
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1441176306 | PDF | pages: 267 | 5,1 mb

The 'serial killer' has become increasingly prevalent in popular culture since the term was coined by Robert Ressler at the FBI in the mid-1970s. Murders and Acqusitions explores the social and political implications of this cultural figure. The collection argues that the often blood-chilling representations of the serial killer and serial killing offered in TV series, films, novels and fan productions function to address contemporary concerns and preoccupations. Focusing on well-known popular culture texts, such as The Wire, Kiss the Girls, Monster, the Saw series, American Psycho, The Strangers, CSI and Dexter, this electic anthology engages with a broad spectrum of cultural theory and performs critical textual analysis to examine the sophisticated ways the serial killer is deployed to mediate and/or work through cultural anxieties and fears.

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Tags: Murders, Acquisitions, Representations, Serial, Killer, Popular, Culture

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