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Contribution to Book
A Very Special Kind of Monster ('Dexter')
Dexter and Philosophy (2011)
  • Aaron C. Anderson
Abstract
This chapter explores the ways in which the back-and-forth between graphic body horror and clean, almost surgical violence in 'Dexter' engage, frustrate, and otherwise play with Julia Kristeva’s concepts of the “abject” and "abjection."
Keywords
  • kristeva,
  • fear,
  • abject,
  • violence,
  • horror,
  • skin,
  • the body,
  • television,
  • media studies,
  • memory,
  • graphic violence,
  • corpse,
  • blood,
  • monster,
  • monstrous,
  • monstrosity,
  • dexter,
  • trinity killer,
  • dark passenger,
  • philosophy,
  • continental philosophy,
  • aggression,
  • grotesque,
  • visual culture,
  • cultural studies,
  • pop culture,
  • critical theory,
  • popular culture,
  • semiotics,
  • literary theory,
  • film theory,
  • visual semiotics,
  • psychoanalysis,
  • affect,
  • affect theory,
  • subjectivity,
  • audience,
  • reception,
  • screen,
  • on-screen,
  • tv,
  • media,
  • cable,
  • premium,
  • showtime,
  • open court,
  • popular culture and philosophy
Publication Date
2011
Editor
Richard Greene, George A. Reisch, and Rachel Robison-Greene
Publisher
Open Court
Citation Information
Anderson, Aaron C. "A Very Special Kind of Monster." Dexter and Philosophy. Ed. Richard Greene, George A. Reisch, and Rachel Robison-Greene. Chicago: Open Court, 2011. 89-97.