Chapter 2. James Holmes and the Monstrosity of Whiteness
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JAMES HOLMES AND THE MONSTROSITY OF WHITENESS
Serial killers in popular culture appear as both evil monsters and insane maniacs who have suffered childhood traumas. This obviously represents two warring discourses united in the same terrifying figure. Insanity suggests a severe mental disability, one that could perhaps receive and respond to various therapies. A monster is, however, beyond the ken of human experience. Monsters cannot be treated and rehabilitated, only destroyed. (Poole 151)
The term monster is often applied to human beings who have, by their own horrific actions, abdicated their humanity. (Asma 8)
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