27. Sexuality and the Twentieth-Century American Vampire

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. William Hughes

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch27

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

Hughes, W. (2013) Sexuality and the Twentieth-Century American Vampire, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch27

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395

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Keywords:

  • Anne Rice;
  • Jeffrey McMahan;
  • Poppy Z. Brite;
  • vampire;
  • queer Gothic;
  • children

Summary

This chapter begins by acknowledging the long standing critical tradition of interpreting the literary vampire as a signifier of otherwise unspeakable sexuality. In recent years, the focus of this tradition has increasingly become concentrated upon the associations between the vampire and the gay man, and the chapter argues that this is tendency is at times reductive. Considering a broader definition of the queer, and acknowledging the work of Steven Bruhm and Natasha Hurley in particular, the chapter considers the sexual implications encoded in the vampire child, with reference not merely to the work of Anne Rice but also to that of Jeffrey McMahan and Poppy Z. Brite.