Serial Killers in Contemporary Television: Familiar Monsters in Post-9/11 Culture (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) (Hardcover)

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By Brett A. B. Robinson (Editor), Christine Daigle (Editor)
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This volume examines the significant increase in representations of serial killers as central characters in popular television over the last two decades. Via critical analyses of the philosophical and existential themes presented to viewers and their place in the cultural landscape of contemporary America, the authors ask: What is it about serial killers that incited such a boom in these types of narratives in popular television post-9/11?

Looking past the serial format of television programming as uniquely suited for the presentation of the serial killer's actions, the chapters delve into deeper reasons as to why TV has proven to be such a fertile ground for serial killer narratives in contemporary popular culture. An international team of authors question: What is it about serial killers that makes these characters deeply enlightening representations of the human condition that, although horrifically deviant, reflect complex elements of the human psyche? Why are serial killers intellectually fascinating to audiences? How do these characters so deeply affect us?

Shedding new light on a contemporary phenomenon, this book will be a fascinating read for all those at the intersection of television studies, film studies, psychology, popular culture, media studies, philosophy, genre studies, and horror studies.

About the Author

Brett A.B. Robinson holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Brock University, Canada. His primary research interests are in the areas of popular culture, film and television studies, and philosophy. He has completed research on the complex intersections between selfhood and performance as well as material affect's influence on identity.Christine Daigle is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute, Brock University. She has published extensively in continental philosophy. Her current research, funded by Canadian federal agencies and supported by a fellowship at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, pertains to the concept of posthuman vulnerability and its ethical potential.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032202501
ISBN-10: 1032202505
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Pages: 218
Language: English
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies