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Murders and Acquisitions

Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

by Alzena Macdonald

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2013
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781628928211
  • ISBN:
    9781441176301 (hardback)

    9781441192929 (paperback)

    9781441177025 (epdf)

    9781441154859 (epub)

    9781628928211 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
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.