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Death Is Served: American Recipes for Murder - A Serial Compulsion


Castelli, Stella. Death Is Served: American Recipes for Murder - A Serial Compulsion. 2020, University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts.

Abstract

The American cultural imaginary is hungry for death, and thus representations of death are prominently repeated and serialized in US literature and media. Stella Castelli shows how American culture fetishizes death as part of a repetition compulsion which stems from the inability of language to satisfactorily grasp death. Taking an intermedial approach, she investigates the forms and tropes born from this preoccupation with death and conceptualizes its imagination alongside an appetite which manifests as repetitive encoding. These metaphors of food consumption provide a hermeneutic framing for analyzing representations of death across American literature and media.

Abstract

The American cultural imaginary is hungry for death, and thus representations of death are prominently repeated and serialized in US literature and media. Stella Castelli shows how American culture fetishizes death as part of a repetition compulsion which stems from the inability of language to satisfactorily grasp death. Taking an intermedial approach, she investigates the forms and tropes born from this preoccupation with death and conceptualizes its imagination alongside an appetite which manifests as repetitive encoding. These metaphors of food consumption provide a hermeneutic framing for analyzing representations of death across American literature and media.

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Item Type:Dissertation (monographical)
Referees:Castelli Stella
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
UZH Dissertations
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:19 November 2020
Deposited On:20 Sep 2023 10:22
Last Modified:20 Sep 2023 10:23
OA Status:Closed
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