Cite as: Richard Dyer, On and On and On: The Seriality of Serial Killing, lecture, ICI Berlin, 18 June 2018, video recording, mp4, 48:42 <>
18 Jun 2018

On and On and On

The Seriality of Serial Killing
By Richard Dyer
Serial killing is an extremely rare form of homicide that is nonetheless culturally ubiquitous. Much of what makes it so resonant is the very naming of it ‘serial’. The seriality of serial killing – the temporal form of narratives of multiple murder – touches on perceptions about the organization of time in modern culture and the fears and also pleasures it affords. This presentation will focus on serial killer films and reference a number of titles including And Soon the Darkness (UK 1970), Las horas del día (Spain 2003), Seven (USA 1995) and Sombre (France 1998).

Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus at King’s College London and Honorary Professorial Fellow at St Andrews University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and received awards from the Society for Cinema and Media studies, Harvard University and the University of Bordeaux. He has been a visiting professor in Philadelphia, Naples, Stockholm, New York Bergamo and Bloomington Indiana and has lectured very widely internationally. His books include Stars; Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society; Now You See It: Historical Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film; Only Entertainment; The Matter of Images; Brief Encounter; White; Seven; The Culture of Queers; Pastiche; Nino Rota; In the Space of a Song; and La dolce vita.


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