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ENGS6-13 Option: Murder and Representation 5 ECTS
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Advanced studies
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DP in English Language, Literature and Translation
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

In this course we will examine the question of murder and representation, with a special focus on gender issues. We will concentrate on one type of murder, serial murder, as a cultural narrative from the end of the 19th century to the present. During this course we will analyze the cultural imagery and social contexts of serial killing in Britain and the United States. In particular, we will try to answer this question: how are gender and "normalcy" constructed through murder narratives, deviation, and crime? We will start with the case of Jack the Ripper - the first "modern" serial killer - and his victims and move on to representations of male and female psychopaths and lesbian serial killing. We will explore such different genres as films and documentary programmes as well as texts written by FBI agents, serial killers and psychiatrists. We will also read three novels: Robert Bloch's Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, and Helen Zahavi's Dirty Weekend.

Assessment: essay and class contribution.

Enrolment for University Studies


Maarit Piipponen, Teacher responsible


Wed 9-Jan-2013 - 17-Apr-2013 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4118