A Hall of Mirrors: The Sublime Object of Justice in Dexter

Donatella Izzo
This essay investigates the cultural significance of the construction of justice in an internationally successful American TV series, Dexter. The double life led by the eponymous protagonist, a serial killer who is also part of the Miami police, is read as a literal staging of the mutually foundational relationship of legitimacy and violence, and of the paradoxes of what Giorgio Agamben, following Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin, terms “force-of-law,” with “law” under double erasure: a...
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