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“What are you?”: Fear, desire, and disgust in the Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5265-6421
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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2012. Vol. 11, no 3, 36-54 p.
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fear, desire, disgust, vampire, Self, Other
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Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62930OAI: diva2:580220
FAN(G)S: fansens fiktioner om populärkulturens vampyrer
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1643
Available from: 2012-12-21 Created: 2012-12-21 Last updated: 2015-03-12Bibliographically approved

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