Predators Far and Near: The Sadean Gothic in Penny Dreadful

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Hallam, L. 2023. Predators Far and Near: The Sadean Gothic in Penny Dreadful. in: Grossman, J. and Scheibel, W. (ed.) Penny Dreadful and Adaptation: Reanimating and Transforming the Monster Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. pp. 217–232
AuthorsHallam, L.
EditorsGrossman, J. and Scheibel, W.
Abstract

In Episode 3.2 of Penny Dreadful the character of Justine is introduced, in reference to the title character of the Marquis de Sade’s 1791 novel Justine. But while Sade’s Justine is an eternal victim, in Penny Dreadful the character’s fate is changed, under the tutelage of season regulars Lily Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. In the show’s reimagining of Sade, certain features of his work are adapted and revised. This subplot is the first to directly cite Sade’s work, but this chapter argues that his influence has always been present in the series. References to Sade’s transgressive philosophy can be found throughout Penny Dreadful, primarily expressed through characters such as Justine, Lily, and Dorian, who fit the mold of the Sadean libertine. The series itself is situated as a Sadean text, melding high and low cultural forms through its appropriation of penny dreadful literature within the context of contemporary “quality television,” which echoes Sade’s merging of philosophy with pornography and violence.

Book titlePenny Dreadful and Adaptation: Reanimating and Transforming the Monster
Page range217–232
Year2023
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
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Print31 Jan 2023
Online31 Jan 2023
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Deposited21 Apr 2023
Edition1st
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture (PSADVC)
ISBN9783031121791
9783031121821
ISSN2634-629X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-12180-7_13
Copyright holder© 2023 The Author, under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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