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Palgrave Macmillan

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood


ISBN 9781137349224
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Gothic

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood examines the promiscuous circulations of blood in science and philosophy, vampire novels, films and vampire communities to draw a vascular map of the symbolic meanings of blood and its association with questions of identity and the body. Stephanou seeks to explain present-day biotechnologies, global neoliberal biopolitics and capitalism, feminine disease and monstrosity, race, and vampirism by looking to the past and analysing how blood was constituted historically. By tracing the transformations of blood symbols and metaphors, as they bleed from early modernity into the complex arterial networks of global and corporate culture, it is possible to open new veins of signification in the otherwise exhausted and dry landscape of vampire scholarship.

Aspasia Stephanou recently completed her PhD at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where she was also a tutor. She is co-editor of Transgressions and Its Limits (with Matt Foley and Neil McRobert, 2012) and has published on race and the vampire, transgression and blood in contemporary performance art, globalisation and vampire communities, and Black Metal Theory in a range of international journals.

1. A Matter of Life and Death: Transfusing Blood from a Supernatural Past to Scientific Modernity and Vampiric Technology
2. The Biopolitics of the Vampire Narrative: Vampire Epidemics, AIDS, and Bioterrorism
3. ''Tis My Heart, Be Sure, She Eats for Her Food': Female Consumptives and Female Consumers
4. 'Race as Biology is Fiction': The Bad Blood of the Vampire
5. 'The Sunset of Humankind is the Dawn of the Blood Harvest': Blood Banks, Synthetic Blood and Haemocommerce
6. 'Many People have Vampires in their Blood': 'Real' Vampire Communities
Conclusion: The Blood of the Vampire: Globalisation, Resistance and the Sacred


"This is a fascinating study of blood symbolism in a variety of vampiric contexts, which demonstrates an impressive breadth of cultural understanding from the medieval to the present day. The analysis of biomedicine and its relationship to a neoliberal political agenda is masterly. It is to the author's credit that they bring together so many diverse, but related, strands in such a convincing and intellectually exciting way. This is an important book for anyone interested in the political agendas of our age." - Dr Andrew Smith, Reader in Nineteenth Century English Literature, University of Sheffield and past president of the International Gothic Association
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