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The enemy is no longer at the gates. The new domestic enemy in contemporary American seriality: the case of Dexter and Homeland

15th june 2013
4th september 2013

Abstract

In contemporary serial fiction the enemy is becoming more domestic, in the sense of belonging to the country, is a native of the same, and yet threatens his countrymen or national interests. In many cases this figure coexists with the classic enemy, and what’s more, navigating between heroism and villainy, even assuming classical attributes of the hero. All these features are grouped in the case of the characters of two of the most successful fictions audience in recent times and perhaps have helped change over the recent construction of the concept of seriality enemy in TV: Dexter Morgan (Dexter) and Nicholas Brody (Homeland).

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