Ironic Europe: Gender and National Stereotypes in Killing Eve

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BBC America’s television series Killing Eve (2018 - ) can be read as a classic clash between East and West, male and female, but with a twist: some of the (gender) roles have switched, and the show – while certainly also buying into classic stereotypes – seems interested in nuances and a humoristic play with the viewer’s expectations. This article explores the female protagonist and antagonist roles in seasons 1-3 of Killing Eve in light of contemporary gender stereotypes and representations. It links this analysis with a consideration of how national culture and locations are constructed in the show, exploring the notion of ‘secondary markers of location’ and illustrating a connection between challenging stereotypes and the corporate purpose to promote BBC America’s channel brand.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAkademisk kvarter
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Crime
  • Europe
  • Gender
  • National Stereotypes
  • Television series


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