This book examines how the iconic character Hannibal Lecter has been revised and redeveloped across different screen media texts.
Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter has become one of Western culture’s most influential and enduring models of monstrosity since his emergence in 1981 in Red Dragon, Thomas Harris’ first Lecter book. Lecter is now at the centre of an extensive cross-mediated mythology, the most recent incarnation of which is Bryan Fuller’s television program, Hannibal (NBC, 2013-2015). This acclaimed series is the focus of Hannibal Lecter’s Forms, Formulations, and Transformations, which examines how Fuller’s program harnesses the iconic character to experiment with traditional boundaries of genre, medium, taste, and narrative form. Featuring chapters from established and emerging screen and popular culture scholars from around the world, the book outlines how the show operates as a striking experiment with televisual form and formula. The book also explores how this experimentation is embodied by the boundary-defying character, the savage cannibalistic serial killer, practicing psychiatrist, and cultured art enthusiast, Hannibal Lecter.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video.
Introduction: Quality Television (TV) Eats Itself: The TV Auteur and the Promoted Fanboy
1. Not Just Another Serial Killer Show: Hannibal, Complexity, and the Televisual Palimpsest
2. Blood in the Moonlight: Hannibal as Queer Noir
EJ Nielsen and Kavita Mudann Finn
3. Afterthoughts on "Queer Cannibals and Deviant Detectives," Inspired by Hannibal Season 3
4. Making a Meal of the Law: Hannibal, Taste, and the Limits of Legality
5. "It’s Only Cannibalism If We’re Equals": Carnivorous Consumption and Liminality in Hannibal
Michael Fuchs and Michael Phillips
6. Tossed Salads and Scrambled Brains: Frasier, Hannibal, and Good Taste in Quality Television
7. Cannibalizing Montage: Slicing, Dicing, and Splicing in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal
8. The Quality Crime Drama in the TVIV Era: Hannibal, True Detective, and Surrealism