Serial Killers : Death and Life in America's Wound Culture

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Serial Killers : Death and Life in America's Wound Culture

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 302 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415914802
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In this provocative cultural study, the serial killer emerges as a central figure in what Mark Seltzer calls 'America's wound culture'. From the traumas displayed by talk show guests and political candidates, to the violent entertainment of Crash or The Alienist , to the latest terrible report of mass murder, we are surrounded by the accident from which we cannot avert our eyes. Bringing depth and shadow to our collective portrait of what a serial killer must be, Mark Seltzer draws upon popular sources, scholarly analyses, and the language of psychoanalysis to explore the genesis of this uniquely modern phenomenon. Revealed is a fascination with machines and technological reproduction, with the singular and the mass, with definitions of self, other, and intimacy. What emerges is a disturbing picture of how contemporary culture is haunted by technology and the instability of identity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction: Serial Killing for Beginners 1 (28)
Word Counts and Body Counts
Abnormally Normal
The Stranger-Killer
The Serial Killer Profile
The Copycat Killer
The Letter Bomb
The Mass in Person
Lifelikeness
Wound Culture
PART 1. THE PATHOLOGICAL PUBLIC SPHERE 29 (76)
1. The Scene of the Crime 29 (34)
Atrocity Exhibitions
Stranger Killing
Stranger Intimacy
Melting into Place
The Mimetic Compulsion
2. Murder and Machine Culture 63 (26)
Maladies of Agency
Fatal Series
Graphic Violence
3. Addiction, Violence, Sexual Difference 89 (16)
The Addiction to Addiction
Self-Difference and Sexual-Difference
Skin Games
PART 2. THE MASS IN PERSON 105(96)
4. The Serial Killer as a Type of Person 105(20)
The New Face of Evil
Psychology as Public Culture
The Bordering of the Social on the
Psychiatric
Obey Your Thirst!
5. The Profile of the Serial Killer 125(34)
"Dress Him in a Suit and He Looks Like Ten
Other Men"
Profiles of America's Most Wanted
"Dead People Are All on the Same Level":
The Sociopath and the Psychopath
The Sex-Violence Thing
6. Pulp Fiction: The Popular Psychology of 159(22)
the Serial Killer
The Depsychologized Subject
The True Romance of Serial Murder
Splatter Codes: The Logic of Pulp Fiction
7. Lifelikeness 181(20)
Copycat Killers
Fantasy, Pornography, Public Sex: The
Violence-Representation Deadlock
"Their Enemy is Life Itself"
PART 3. LETHAL SPACES 201(52)
8. American Gothic 201(32)
Terrible Places
The Double-Logic of Prosthesis
The Murder Castle
The ABC Copier
Identity-Machines 201(32)
9. Techno-Primitivism and Mass Violence 233(20)
Scenes of Regression
The Techno-Primitive
The Face-System
PART 4. WOUND CULTURE 253(40)
10. Wound Culture 253(40)
The Abnormal Normality of Trauma
Letter Bombs
Torn Persons
Live Witnessing: The Triumphalism of
Survival
The Sociality of the Wound
Index 293