Dexter Morgan's Monstrous Origins

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Title Dexter Morgan's Monstrous Origins
Author Green, Stephanie Ruth
Journal Name Critical Studies in Television
Editor Kim Akass, Stephen Lacey, David Lavery, Janet McCabe, Robin Nelson
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Manchester University Press
Abstract The genre of serial killer television drama offers an uncanny marriage between form and content. This is intensified in the case of Dexter (2006-present) where the story's continuance relies both on episodic restitution and viewer complicity. This article explores how the series uses the trope of monstrosity (with strong literary and televisual roots) to unfold relationships between subjectivity, narrative and community. Exploring Jeffrey Jerome Cohen's premise that monstrosity unsettles and challenges a totalised epistemology, Dexter is considered as an expression of multivalent social fears and as a satire on the prevalence of serial murder as domestic screen entertainment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 6
Issue Number 1
Page from 22
Page to 35
ISSN 1749-6020
Date Accessioned 2011-11-10
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Screen and Media Culture
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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