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“I’m pissed off, and I’m angry, and we need your permission to kill someone”: Frustrated Masculinities in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set (2008).

Stephenson, Lauren (2019) “I’m pissed off, and I’m angry, and we need your permission to kill someone”: Frustrated Masculinities in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set (2008). In: Gerrard, Steven, Holland, Samantha and Shail, Robert, (eds.) Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television. Emerald Studies in Popular Culture and Gender . Emerald, pp. 107-116

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Abstract

Brooker’s mini-series Dead Set displays numerous representations of British masculinity in crisis. Released as the zombie narrative was regaining momentum, the series uses the threat of an apocalypse to expose British men as weak, cowardly and ultimately monstrous. Initially set within the confines of the Big Brother house, the characters have willingly come under scrutiny for the delectation of a scandal-hungry public. The men are seen to self-consciously perform their own brands of masculinity. However, when people quickly descend from figuratively devouring each other into actually devouring each other, these masculine ideals are left in tatters and without them the surviving men are in constant peril.
This chapter looks specifically at three characters within the series, and how their representations adhere to the idea put forward by Anthony Clare among others: that contemporary masculinity is in a period of crisis. The chapter also seeks to uncover how representations of masculinity within the series reflect contemporary social and political concerns within British society – a distrust of state apparatus and the rise of a particularly malicious, right wing ideology are both prevalent here. The zombie has long been acknowledged as an allegory for society’s ills – but this chapter asks: what can those fighting (or failing) against the zombie threat tell us?

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Emerald in Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television on 13/03/2019, available online: https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Gender-and-Contemporary-Horror-in-Television/?k=9781787691049
Status: Published
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3728

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