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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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The Kingpin

The Kingpin

A “Princely” Villain for Social and Political Change

(p.233) Chapter 22 The Kingpin
The Supervillain Reader

Ryan Litsey

University Press of Mississippi

In consonance with several contemporary television series in which one of their main narrative purposes is to delve into the murderer’s universe, this research focuses on the representation of some of the most relevant fictional serial killers (i.e., Dexter Morgan, Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates, or Joe Carroll). Specifically, this chapter deepens different resources used to enhance the persuasive attraction that defines these monstrous protagonists. Firstly, from a narrative perspective, the study explores some of the key-elements in the humanization process of the character, such as motivations, traumas, and personal relationships. Secondly, from a mise-en-scène approach, the chapter examines the construction of the serial killer and the environment he inhabits as defining mechanisms. Finally, the socio-cultural context in which these shows are produced is also analyzed, studying some of the essential reasons of the re-emergence of these characters.

Keywords:   serial killer, human monster, television series, mise-en-scène, villain

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