Single girls and serial killers : sex, slaughter and the city

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Thesis
Issue Date:
2008
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- How does a serial killer evolve into a romantic figure? Jack, our mysterious Ripper in Whitechapel, London 1888 set the stage for this evolution of serial murderers from heinous undesirable monsters into romanticised figures of enduring mystery, a vessel for dangerous desires spanning the genres of crime, horror, and romantic suspense fictions. What is so alluring about a man in a cape, darting about in the shadows of foggy London killing women? How does a cannibal called Hannibal become a celebrity figure - what does Clarice Starling see in him? How can such a hideous crime define a landscape and become a tourist hot spot? Jack the Ripper tours. Ripper as in ripped women open with such skill it was theorised he might be a surgeon. Perhaps its that age old fantasy about meeting a doctor and falling in love, except for the killing of course, but then romantic heroes are dark and mysterious. Single Girls and Serial Killers: Sex, Slaughter and the City is a ficto-critical investigation of what Isabel Cristina Pinedo terms "recreational terror". Taking the form of darkly comic dramatic monologue, the work asks the question: How do you meet Mr Right in an age of Serial Killers? Drawing upon the conflicting narratives of two popular dramatic television series - Law and Order Special Victims Unit and Sex and the City - I explore how each show tells a different story of single women, sex, and the (same) city, juxtaposing fear and desire in stark contrast, and begging the question of how such stories of sex, slaughter and city-space are embodied by women? I theorise the eroticisation of violence, and recreational terror, and question the construction of women as victims in the game of serial murder and serial monogamy.
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