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.
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.
Acknowledgments 1. Dissecting the "Dark Passenger": Reading Representations of the Serial Killer (Alzena MacDonald) 2. `Made-up and Made-over': Faking the Serial Killer and the Serial Killer Fake (Sara L. Knox) 3. Serial Killing, Surveillance and the State (Alzena MacDonald) 4. Forced Entry: Serial killer Pornography as a Patriarchal Paradox (Robert Cettl) 5. Defining Deviance: The Rearticulation of Aileen Wuornos in Monster (Kumarini Silva and Danielle Rousseau) 6. "LOOK AT ME": Serial Killing, Whiteness, and (In)visibility in the Saw Series (Mark Bernard) 7. Shopping and Slaying, Fucking and Flaying: Serial Consumption in American Psycho (Christina Lee) 8. `Slash Production': Objectifying the Serial `Kiler' in Euro-Cult Cinema Fan Production (Oliver Carter) 9. Do Serial Killers Have Good Taste? (Louis Bayman) 10. Defacing the Acquisitions: A Museal-Analysis of Serial Killing Horror in Cinema (Janice Baker) 11. "There's Blood on the Walls": Serial Killing as Post-9/11 Terror in The Strangers (Philip L.Simpson) 12. Hunting Minds, Hunting Genes: From Profiling to Forensics in TV Serial Killer Narratives (Sofia Bull) 13. Homme Fatal: Illegitimate Pleasures in Darkly Dreaming Dexter (David Buchbinder and Ann Elizabeth McGuire) List of Contributors Index