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Title: Portrait of a serial killer: Intertextuality and gender in the portrait film
Author(s): Boyle, Karen
Reburn, Jenny
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Keywords: serial killer cinema
Peter Sutcliffe
Issue Date: 2015
Date Deposited: 12-Nov-2015
Citation: Boyle K & Reburn J (2015) Portrait of a serial killer: Intertextuality and gender in the portrait film. Feminist Media Studies, 15 (2), pp. 192-207.
Abstract: This article presents a feminist analysis of the serial killer portrait film - a cycle of contemporary low-budget films featuring serial killer protagonists. Although unusal within serial killer cinema for their frustration of identification and suspense, portrait films remain locked into wider popular discourses around serial murder, particularly in their intertextual aspects. In the portrait film, this results in a tautological construction of the serial killer (he kills because he is a killer, he is a killer because he kills) that places him not only beyond understanding but also outside society and, so, unconnected to normaive constructions of masculinity.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14680777.2014.946943
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