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Seriemördare i fiktionen: Jeffrey Dahmer som karaktär hos Lotta Lotass och Joyce Carol Oates
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Fictional Serial Killers : Jeffrey Dahmer as a Protagonist in Works of Lotte Lotass and Joyce Carol Oates (English)
Abstract [en]

Serial killers are present in most Media today: TV-shows, books, magazines, news shows and music. Research about them has been made in many fields, such as criminology, psychology and psychiatry. There is also research about the serial killer as a cultural being. In my paper I have looked into the serial killer in fiction. I have chosen to compare two novels that deal with the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. The novels are Lotta Lotass’ Min röst skall nu komma från en annan plats i rummet and Joyce Carols Oates’ Zombie. By examining how the novels relate to the actual case and how they describe the violence and the person,I wanted to see if fiction can give a contrasting picture of how serial killers are usually described. I wanted to know if itis possible for fiction to represent serial killers as persons rather thanas inhuman monsters. My paper shows that although the novels differ in a lot of aspects, they both manage to contrast the picture of Dahmer. Zombieis more loosely based on Dahmer than Min röst, but focuses more on the violence. The Dahmer character in Zombie is more psychologically complex than the one in Min röst, but they both manage to describe the characters as human and they both avoid the stereotypical representation of serial killers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 24 p.
Keyword [sv]
Seriemördare, Jeffrey Dahmer, seriemördarfiktion, Lotta Lotass, Joyce Carol Oates, Min röst skall nu komma från en annan plats i rummet, Zombie
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31586OAI: diva2:689979
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Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2014-02-07Bibliographically approved

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