Queering the Vampire Narrative


Volume Editors: and
Queering the Vampire Narrative offers classroom-ready original essays that continue our explorations of vampires as representations of the cultural Other, which builds on the work of our previous texts. The editors argue, ultimately, the vampire is a queer icon, infinitely blurring the boundaries of identity and cultural norms and queering even the most seemingly stable notions, such as life, death, humanity, and monstrosity. The Vampire is the undead monarch of subtextual articulations of Otherness, especially queer behaviors and desires, offering explorations of the AIDS epidemic, the destabilization of ideas of fixed and stable sexuality, the search for community and chosen family, and the issues of individual and generational trauma. In current fictions, vampires are coming out of the coffin and the closet, identifying as openly queer and often created by queer writers, artists, and directors and bringing the subtext to the surface of the narrative. This volume seeks to create a dialogue about the impact and importance of the vampire on queer identity and queer theory and to answer the questions of why the vampire is such a compelling queer icon and what visions of vampires articulate about our ideas surrounding issues of sexuality, sexual orientation, sexual behaviors, and desires.

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Amanda Jo Hobson, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She has published on gender and sexuality within vampire narratives and is the co-editor of Gender in the Vampire Narrative (2016).

U. Melissa Anyiwo is Associate Professor of History and Director of Black Studies at The University of Scranton, PA. She has edited multiple texts on the vampire as metaphor, including Gender Warriors (2018).
Editorial Board:
Lee Airton, Queen's University, Canada
Mollie V. Blackburn, The Ohio State University, USA
Bradley Bloomfield, Monash University, Australia
Tamara Brooks, Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Antonio Duran, Arizona State University, USA
Harper Keenan, University of British Columbia, Canada
J.B. Mayo, University of Minnesota, USA
Raúl Alberto Mora Vélez, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia
EJ Renold, Cardiff University, UK
Roland Sintos Coloma, Wayne State University, USA
Mario Suárez, Utah State University, USA
Notes on Contributors

1 Queer Vampires, Queering the Vampire, and the Transgressive Undead: An Introduction
Amanda Jo Hobson and U. Melissa Anyiwo

2 Undyingly Queer: Cultural Context, Found Family, and the Eternal Unavoidable Queerness of the Vampire
Jennifer Piper

3 Flipping the Script? Queering the Insider/Outsider Status of the Black Vampire Queen in Richard Wenk’s Vamp (1986)
Kendra R. Parker

4 Gendered Fault Lines: Reproductive Politics in Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls
Hannah Hansen and Jennifer Lawn

5 The Monstrous Mother as Obstacle to Herd Immunity and Queer Community in American Horror Story: Hotel
Leah Richards

6 “Love Will Have Its Sacrifices”: The Evolution of Lesbian Representation in Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Its Adaptations
Alba María Fuentes Muñoz

7 “We’re Different to Others of Our Kind”: Meyer’s Vampires and the Complications of Heteronormativity
Eleanor Miller

8 Fragments of Queerness and the Post-Modern: Family in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Brian M. Peters

9 The Irony That Kills Us: The (Un)life and Death of Possibility in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles
D. Stachowiak

10 Escaping Capitalism and Toxic Masculinity through Vampiric Transformations in Vampire’s Kiss (1988) and Daybreakers (2009)
Mary Beth McAndrews

11 To Be Young and a Man: Age and Emasculation in Tony Scott’s The Hunger
Billy Tringali

12 The Argenti Beast
Maurice Moore

13 Queering the Classroom
U. Melissa Anyiwo and Amanda Jo Hobson

All interested in utilizing the vampire as popular culture icon to examine representations of sexuality. This text is specifically written for teaching undergraduate students, including a classroom use chapter.
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