Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television

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Overview

Based upon the successful Jeff Lindsay novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Showtime’s Dexter continues to raise the bar on television drama, as it chronicles the grisly exploits of a police blood spatter expert who moonlights as a serial killer. But unlike other serial killers, Dexter only kills the bad guys, a distinction that sets up one of the primary ethical conflicts of the show. For fans who want to delve deeper into the fascinating complexity of this hit show, this guide offers a wide range of topics that will ...

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Overview

Based upon the successful Jeff Lindsay novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Showtime’s Dexter continues to raise the bar on television drama, as it chronicles the grisly exploits of a police blood spatter expert who moonlights as a serial killer. But unlike other serial killers, Dexter only kills the bad guys, a distinction that sets up one of the primary ethical conflicts of the show. For fans who want to delve deeper into the fascinating complexity of this hit show, this guide offers a wide range of topics that will give bloggers, tweeters, and aspiring spatter experts a lot to talk about.

Includes:

• A complete episode guide to the first three seasons

• An exclusive interview with Darkly Dreaming Dexter author Jeff Lindsay

• A world-class group of critics offering the first lively investigation of the show’s issues

• Chapters on Dexter as a vigilante hero, Dexter and psychoanalysis, the politics of Dexter, the German "obsession" with Dexter, and much more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848852655
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Investigating Cult TV Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas L. Howard has been a contributor to such works as This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos, Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO, Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By, and Reading 24: TV Against the Clock. He is assistant academic chair and an associate professor in the English department at Suffolk County Community College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Killing Time with Showtime's Dexter Douglas L. Howard Howard, Douglas L.

Pt. 1 First Blood: Interviews

1 An Interview with Author and Dexter Creator Jeff Lindsay 3

2 An Interview with Dexter Writer and Developer James Manos, Jr. 14

Pt. 2 Blood Slides: The Structure of the Series

3 Dissecting the Opening Sequence Angelina I. Karpovich Karpovich, Angelina I. 27

4 "Serial" Killer: Dexter's Narrative Strategies David Lavery Lavery, David 43

5 Dexter's Hollow Designs Steven Peacock 49

Pt. 3 Dexter on the Couch: Family, Friends, and Frankenstein

6 Harry Morgan: (Post)Modern Prometheus Douglas L. Howard Howard, Douglas L. 61

7 Sex, Psychoanalysis, and Sublimation in Dexter Beth Johnson Johnson, Beth 78

8 Blood Brothers: Brian + Dexter + Miguel Fionna Boyle Boyle, Fionna 96

Pt. 4 A View to a Kill: Politics, Ethics, and Dexter

9 The Ethics of a Serial Killer: Dexter's Moral Character and the Justification of Murder Simon Riches Riches, Simon Craig French French, Craig 117

10 The Devil You Know: Dexter and the "Goodness" of American Serial Killing David Schmid Schmid, David 132

11 Neoliberal Dexter? Michele Byers Byers, Michele 143

12 Dexter's German Reception: Why are German Networks so Obsessed (and Troubled) with US Shows? Vladislav Tinchev Tinchev, Vladislav 157

Pt. 5 Dexterity: Dexter and Genre

13 The Lighter Side of Death: Dexter as Comedy James Francis, Jr. Francis, James, Jr. 175

14 In a Lonely Place? Dexter and Film Noir Alison Peirse Peirse, Alison 189

15 The Art of Sp(l)atter: Body Horror in Dexter Simon Brown Brown, Simon Stacey Abbott Abbott, Stacey 205

16 From Silver Bullets to Duct Tape: Dexter versus the Traditional Vigilante Hero Stan Beeler Beeler, Stan 221

Appendix A Episode Guide 231

Appendix B Novel Guide 233

Bibliography 235

Teleography 245

Filmography 247

Endnotes 249

Index 259

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