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The Postmillennial Vampire

Power, Sacrifice and Simulation in True Blood, Twilight and Other Contemporary Narratives

Authors: Chaplin, Susan

  • Proposes a fundamental reevaluation of the postmillenial gothic vampire narrative through the lens of René Girard
  • Provides a philosophical insight into some of contemporary culture's most well known vampire stories
  • Takes an interdisciplinary and cross-media approach to analysis to provide a comprehensive understanding of contemporary vampire culture
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About this book

This book explores the idea that while we see the vampire as a hero of romance, or as a member of an oppressed minority struggling to fit in and acquire legal recognition, the vampire has in many ways changed beyond recognition over recent decades due to radically shifting formations of the sacred in contemporary culture. The figure of the vampire has captured the popular imagination to an unprecedented extent since the turn of the millennium. The philosopher René Girard associates the sacred with a communal violence that sacred ritual controls and contains. As traditional formations of the sacred fragment, the vampire comes to embody and enact this ‘sacred violence’ through complex blood bonds that relate the vampire to the human in wholly new ways in the new millennium.

About the authors

Susan Chaplin specialises in Romanticism and Gothic Literature from the eighteenth century to the present. She has published extensively in these fields. Her works include The Gothic and the Rule of Law, 1764-1820, Gothic Literature: Texts, Contexts, Connections, The Romanticism Handbook (edited with Professor Joel Faflak), The Frankenstein Workbook, and Law, Literature and the Sublime in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Fiction.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Chaplin, Susan

    Pages 1-15

  • The Vampire, the Scapegoat and the Sacred King

    Chaplin, Susan

    Pages 17-35

  • From Blood Bonds to Brand Loyalties: Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls and Alan Ball’s True Blood

    Chaplin, Susan

    Pages 37-58

  • ‘Nothing is Real, Everything is Permitted’: The Vampire and the Politics of Jouissance

    Chaplin, Susan

    Pages 59-86

  • Contagion, Simulation, Capital: From Tru Blood to New Blood

    Chaplin, Susan

    Pages 87-102

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-48372-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-48371-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-83925-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Postmillennial Vampire
Book Subtitle
Power, Sacrifice and Simulation in True Blood, Twilight and Other Contemporary Narratives
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48372-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48372-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48371-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83925-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 113
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