The Serial Killer

  • Ashley M. Donnelly


Chapter seven addresses the presence of the serial killer in blank art. The author argues that this horror trope serial serves as a way for some artists to interrogate the force of institutionalized racism in 1980s America through its popular media. In blank fiction and cinema, for example, there is an emphasis on the “unexamined” whiteness of characters and a focus on the deviance of such characters’ actions and notions of privilege from the popular, traditional American moral ideology. The film Manhunter is explored, as a more traditional example of a serial killer cinema film, to hold in contrast to the two examples of blank works explored in chapters eight and nine.


Serial Killer Violence Death Horror Torture Apathy Subversion Culture Industry Crimes of passion Inappropriate emotional response Other Unexamined 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley M. Donnelly
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  1. 1.Department of TelecommunicationsBall State UniversityMuncieUSA

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