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‘Tell me, what are you becoming?’ Hannibal and the inescapable presence of the grotesque
Alberto N. García
Horror Studies, April 2020, Intellect
The 'Hannibal' TV-Series as an example of
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What is it about?
'Hannibal' (NBC, 2013-15) is one of the greatest hits of TV-Horror. It retells Hannibal
Lecter's story before 'The Silence of the Lambs". In the article, I analyze how the
beautiful and bloody narrative is continuously playing with aesthetic contradictions. I
explore in depth the visual allure of deformations, aberrations, exaggerations and
metamorphosis displayed by the show. Because the mesmerizing 'Hannibal', a
critical darling, can be considered the perfect example of the grotesque, that is, a
violation of our standing categories or concept, a subversion of our conventional
expectations of the natural order.
Why is it important?
If you like horror, Hannibal Lecter is one of the most relevant contemporary
characters. This paper is important because it explores the last iteration of the
character so far. And the analysis --academic but readable for every horror fan--
focuses on how style and meaning collide, exhibiting how metaphors, symbols and
aesthetic complexities work in the show.
In partnership with:
Alberto N. García
Universidad de Navarra
'Hannibal' is such a dense and absorbing television series that being able to analyze
it has been a real pleasure. Every close reading was intellectually challenging, but I
think I have been able to oer valuable analytical insights to such a profound work of
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