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Perfect Enemies: Neoconservative Hunters and Terrorist Vampires in Joe Ahearne's Ultraviolet (1998)

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A consideration of the ways in which the discourse of monstrosity, once deployed against a political enemy, closes off open debate and undermine the values of those who argue that the ends needed to defeat them justify any means used. This article explores the parallels between the neoconservative rhetoric of the War on Terror with that of the vampire hunters in Joe Ahearne's television show Ultraviolet (1998), as both deny their enemies the status of political subjects. It offers a reading of the show in light of Slavoj Žižek's call to evaluate the arguments of both sides in such moralised conflicts.
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Keywords: Gothic Television; Joe Ahearne; Slavoj Žižek; Ultraviolet; War on Terror; monster hunters; neoconservatism; vampire

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Lancaster University

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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