“What are you?”: Fear, desire, and disgust in the Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 11, no 3, 36-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The article examines how fear, desire and disgust are mapped onto the liminal body of the vampire in the Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood. Of particular relevance are Sara Ahmed’s arguments in The Cultural Politics of Emotions that emotions are not biologically unavoidable, but rather evoked in meetings between bodies, and that the body’s surface is formed in the moment of contact, creating boundaries between Self and Other. Fear, desire and disgust thus stem from the tradition with which the vampire has been represented and vampires’ alignment with other marginalised groups enables comparative analyses of differences and similarities between vampire hate on the one hand, and racism, sexism and homophobia on the other.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 11, no 3, 36-54 p.
fear, desire, disgust, vampire, Self, Other
Research subject Literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-62930DiVA: diva2:580220
ProjectsFAN(G)S: fansens fiktioner om populärkulturens vampyrer
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2010-1643