Scripting Logics for Serial Violence: Characterising the Psychopath in Fiction, Film and TV

Stuart Molloy

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

This thesis considers the construction of the fictional psychopath in contemporary cultural works. It focuses on British and American fiction, film, and TV produced since the middle of the twentieth century. The three central case-studies are A Clockwork Orange, American Psycho and the 'Hannibal Lecter' franchise. This thesis moves analysis of the figure of the psychopath away from seeking a traumatic origin for violent behaviour to considering the behaviour in terms of more ordinary socio-psychic processes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Hughes-D'Aeth, Tony, Supervisor
  • Curthoys, Ned, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date28 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 28/01/2021 to 29/01/2023. Made publicly available on 29/01/2023.

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