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In this chapter, Charles I. Nero examines Paul Outlaw’s Berserker. He reflects on Outlaw’s choice to juxtapose Nat Turner, a slave rebel who murdered whites in order to escape chattel slavery, with Jeffrey Dahmer, a person who murdered African American and Asian-descended men for sport. He ultimately contends that the former and the latter embody a quintessential American masculinity for Outlaw and provide an opportunity to mediate on the politics of interracial desire.

This chapter features Vershawn Ashanti Young’s interview with Berserker creator Paul Outlaw. Outlaw discusses the connections between berserkers, American history, and his personal history, race, gender,...

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