Vicissitudes of an Evil Icon. Notes on a representation of the serial killer in The Fall, series 1-3 (UK-Ireland, 2013-2016), conceived and written by Allan Cubitt

Author/s Roberto Salati, Cesare Secchi
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2017/46 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 49-65 File size 202 KB
DOI 10.3280/JUN2017-046003
DOI is like a bar code for intellectual property: to have more infomation click here

Below, you can see the article first page

If you want to buy this article in PDF format, you can do it, following the instructions to buy download credits

Article preview

FrancoAngeli is member of Publishers International Linking Association, Inc (PILA), a not-for-profit association which run the CrossRef service enabling links to and from online scholarly content.

The Authors examine The Fall, a British TV series, whose plot centres on a structured and efficient serial killer. In spite of the stereotypical and reassuring portrayal often offered by cinema and television, in The Fall the psychological dynamics of the characters are represented with sharp and uncanny insight. In the end, the Authors formulate some hypothesis, inspired by their respective theories, about the serial killer as an icon of evil.

Keywords: Serial killer, fictional world, perverse structures of mind, numinous, primitive anxieties, representation of evil

  1. Cupa D. (2012). L’indifférence: l’‘audelà’ de la haine. Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 76, 4: 1021-1035. DOI 10.3917/rfp.764.1021.
  2. Eliot T.S. (1925). The Hollow Men. (consultato il 24/11/2016).
  3. Freud S. (1915). Triebe und Triebshicksale (trad. it. Pulsioni e loro destini. In: Opere, vol. 8. Torino: Boringhieri 1976).
  4. Freud S. (1919). Das Umheimliche (trad. it. Il perturbante. In: Opere, vol. 9. Torino: Boringhieri 1977).
  5. Balier C. (1996). Psychanalyse des comportements sexuels violents. Paris: PUF (trad. it. Psicoanalisi dei comportamenti sessuali violenti. Torino: Centro Scientifico Editore 1998).
  6. Barroco M. (2006). Les tueurs en série. Paris: Le Cavalier Bleu.
  7. Bessoles Ph. (2012). Récidive criminelle. Figures de l’emprise et criminalité. Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 76, 4: 1083-1101. DOI 10.3917/rfp.764.1083.
  8. Bion W.R. (1961). Experiences in Groups and Other Papers. London: Tavistock (trad. it. Esperienze nei gruppi. Roma: Armando, 2013).
  9. Cettl R. (2006). Serial Killer Cinema. An Analytical Filmography with an Introduction. Jefferson N.C., London: McFarland.
  10. Ciavaldini A. (2012). Crime sexuel et situation anthropologique fondamentale, un objet de fascination pour la psyché. Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 76, 4: 1103-1118. DOI 10.3917/rfp.764.1103.
  11. Jung C.G. (1952). Antwort auf Hiob (trad. it. Risposta a Giobbe. In: Opere, vol. 11. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri 1979).
  12. Jung C.G. (1938/1954). Die psychologischen Aspekte des Mutterarchetypus (trad. it. Gli aspetti psicologici dell’archetipo della Madre. In: Opere, vol.9/1. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri 1980).
  13. Leins T. (2015). The Fall. (consultato il 13/11/2016).
  14. Lepastier S. (2012). La scène originaire criminelle. Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 76: 985-1001. DOI 10.3917/rfp.764.0985.
  15. Lewis P. (2014). The Fall. Season Two. (consultato il 13/11/2016).
  16. Masciangelo P.M. (1989). Assetti, funzionamenti e relazioni perverse. Metapsicologia di un’esperienza clinica. In: Semi A.A., a cura di, Trattato di psicoanalisi. Milano: R. Cortina, vol. II, 305-370.
  17. Neumann E. (1956). Die Grosse Mutter. Zürich: Rhein Verlag (trad. it. La Grande Madre. Roma: Astrolabio 1978).
  18. Racamier P.C. (1992). Le génie des origines. Paris: Payot (trad. it. Il genio delle origini. Psicoanalisi e psicosi. Milano: R. Cortina 1993).
  19. Schwartz-Salant N. (1982). The Borderline Personality. Vision and Healing. Illinois: Chiron Publication (trad. it. Borderline. Visione e terapia. Milano: Vivarium, 1997).
  20. Whitmont E.C. (1969). The Symbolic Quest. Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology. New York: Princeton University Press ( La ricerca simbolica. Concetti di base della psicologia analitica. Roma: Astrolabio 1982).
  21. Zabel C. (2016). The Fall. Series 1. Blue-Ray review. (sito consultato il 13/11/2016).
  22. Zagury D. (2002). Les serial killers sont-ils des tueurs sadiques? Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 66, 4:1195–213. DOI 10.3917/rfp.664.1195.
  23. Zagury D. (avec Florence Assouline) (2008). L’énigme des tueurs en série. Paris: Plon.

Roberto Salati, Cesare Secchi, Vicissitudini di un’icona del Male. Note su una rappresentazione del serial killer in The Fall, series 1-3 (UK-Ireland, 2013-2016), ideata e scritta da Allan Cubitt in "STUDI JUNGHIANI" 46/2017, pp 49-65, DOI: 10.3280/JUN2017-046003