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The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, And The Modern Killer Paperback – 26 Mar 2013
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"Lisa Downing's latest book is an original and daring attempt to prod us to rethink our conventional, inherited, and normative conceptions of the figure of the murderer. Downing convincingly and disturbingly argues that murderers are not really 'others, ' but that the subjectivities of murderers should be located on a continuum with us. "The Subject of Murder "is a profoundly relevant feminist/queer contribution to our understanding of our present historical moment."
--Calvin Thomas "author of Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory "
""The Subject of Murder" is an original, superbly researched, and important work that deserves a broad readership. It will be of interest to audiences from a wide range of disciplines, from French literature to cultural studies, sexuality studies, and queer studies; from popular culture to criminology and sociology. There has never been a book quite like it."--David Schmid, University of Buffalo "author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture "
""The Subject of Murder" is the kind of book that you didn't know you needed until you read it, and then you cannot understand how you ever thought about its subject without it! Murderers, as Downing points out, are cast as singular, exceptional, and remarkable in Euro-American cultural life. However, using a Foucauldian framework to fold murder and violence intot the set of discursive frames that produce modern human identity, Downing shows us how to see the murderer as a product of modernity rather than as the subject it wishes to suppres. A remarkable book."
--J. Jack Halberstam "author of The Queer Art of Failure "
"Lisa Downing's case studies demonstrate a remarkable intellectual dexterity in moving between the abstract ideas that shape the subjects she discusses and the materiality of the lives of those thus shaped. "The Subject of Murder" is at once an intellecutal tour de force, and, like its subjects, is absolutely fascinating."
--Nikki Sullivan "author of A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory "
"The Subject of Murder" is an original, superbly researched, and important work that deserves a broad readership. It will be of interest to audiences from a wide range of disciplines, from French literature to cultural studies, sexuality studies, and queer studies; from popular culture to criminology and sociology. There has never been a book quite like it. --David Schmid, University of Buffalo "author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture ""
About the Author
Lisa Downing is professor of French discourses of sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is the author of numerous books, including Desiring the Dead: Necrophilia and Nineteenth-Century French Literature and The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault and coauthor of Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters.