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The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer

Lisa Downing


The subject of murder has always held a particular fascination for us. However, since at least the nineteenth century, we have seen the murderer as different from the ordinary citizen—a special individual, like an artist or a genius, who exists apart from the moral majority, a sovereign self who obeys only the destructive urge, sometimes even commanding cult followings. In contemporary culture, we continue to believe that there is something different and exceptional about killers, but is the murderer such a distinctive type? Are they degenerate beasts or supermen as they have been depicted on ... More

Keywords: murder, murderer, killers, Foucault, crimes, gender, agency, desire, violence, moral majority

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226003405
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226003689.001.0001


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