Murders and Acquisitions

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Murders and Acquisitions

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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 Acquisitions 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 eclectic 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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The popular fascination for the figure of the serial killer has long gone beyond being an intriguing matter only for media sociology; now it has entered our lifestyles, our dreams, our jokes - and we need every tool of cultural analysis at our disposal to understand it. Under the careful editorship of Alzena MacDonald, a top team of international scholars explores, in Murders and Acquisitions, the many, complex aspects of the serial killer `craze' in popular culture. An essential guidebook. * Professor Adrian Martin, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany *

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Alzena MacDonald is a Lecturer in Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia. She teaches extensively in the area of Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include representations of crime/horror, Indian nationalisms, and postcoloniality.

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