The Contaminant Cobweb: Complex Characters and Monstrous Mashup

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This article maps out character complexity in Penny Dreadful by focusing on the intertextuality of monstrous female characters. The aim of this study is twofold. First, it seeks to examine show how mashup characters gain complexity through textual contamination as they are woven into an intertextual cobweb of signification. Secondly, it aims at examining how monstrous complex characters like Vanessa Ives can be conceived as mashups contaminated by different manifestations of the monstrous-feminine as coined by Barbara Creed. An overarching hypothesis of this study is that interfigural strategies contribute to character complexity of traditional female monsters usually seen in televisual horror-drama.
TidsskriftRefractory a Journal of Entertainment Media
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - maj 2017

Bibliografisk note

Part of a Themed Issue: Identity and the Fantastic in Penny Dreadful
Edited by Amanda Howell, Stephanie Green, Rikke Schubart & Anita Nell Bech Albertsen


  • Penny Dreadful
  • Horror drama
  • Complex Characters
  • Mashup television
  • mashup characters
  • Transtextual characters


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