I invite contributions for Murders and Acquisitions, an edited collection (accepted for publication), that critiques representations of the serial killer in popular culture.
Murders and Acquisitions analyses representations of the serial killer in popular culture. The ‘serial killer’ has become increasingly prevalent in popular culture, particularly through the mediums of film and television, since the term was coined by Robert Ressler at the FBI in the mid-1970s. It is the aim of this book to explore the social and political implications of this cultural figure. The book argues that the serial killer performs a potent instrumentality, specifically within the genres of horror and detective/crime fiction, and that the often blood-chilling representations of the serial killer and serial killing function to address contemporary concerns and preoccupations.
This collection has been accepted for publication with Continuum International Publishing Group, New York, and is estimated to be published in 2012. I am looking for a small number of high quality papers to replace some contributors who are no longer able to participate in this project. Consequently, I am interested in contributions which can be ready within a fairly short time frame.
I am happy to consider any strong contributions on this topic. However I am especially interested in submissions that address the following topics:
• ‘Race’ and the serial killer / the racialisation of the serial killer
• Tele-visual representations of the serial killer, e.g. in crime dramas such as NCIS, CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds etc.
• How a mythology/fictionalisation of the serial killer informs news reporting/narratives
• The serial killer and national identity
The collection is aimed at an academic and student readership in the disciplines of Cultural Studies, Sociology, Media and Film Studies. However, given the popularity of the serial killing genre, this book will also appeal to a general audience.
Please send a 300-500 word abstract with a working title and brief biographical statement (including your contact information, affiliation, position and a list of relevant publications, if any) to Alzena MacDonald [Alzena.MacDonald@curtin.edu.au].
Dr Alzena MacDonald
Dept of Communication & Cultural Studies
School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts
Curtin University Email: email: email@example.com
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