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Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture

Letting the Wrong One In

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers a fresh and provocative insight not only into vampire genres, but also into anxieties of cultures and societies that produce them

  • Illuminates the role of the vampire as an embodiment of the violent and violated, oppressive and oppressed Other who provokes fear and fascination

  • Focuses on intersecting themes of hospitality, rape and consent in the vampire tradition

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Palgrave Gothic (PAGO)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Artful Courtship and Murderous Enjoyment

    • David Baker, Stephanie Green, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska
    Pages 1-15
  3. The Dangers of Crossing the Threshold: The Interplay of Power Between Host and Guest

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. Fans and Vampires at Home

      • Lucy I. Baker
      Pages 53-68
  4. Vampiric Bodies: History, Humanity and Subversion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
  5. Those Bloody Kids: Consent, Liminality and the Uncanny in the Figure of Vampire Child

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Coming of Age, with Vampires

      • Amanda Howell
      Pages 129-145
  6. Bloody Romance: Vampires in Intimate Relationships

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 163-163
    2. Seductive Kindness: Power, Space and “Lesbian” Vampires

      • Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
      Pages 201-218
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 219-225

About this book

This unique study explores the vampire as host and guest, captor and hostage: a perfect lover and force of seductive predation. From Dracula and Carmilla, to True Blood and The Originals, the figure of the vampire embodies taboos and desires about hospitality, rape and consent. The first section welcomes the reader into ominous spaces of home, examining the vampire through concepts of hospitality and power, the metaphor of threshold, and the blurred boundaries between visitation, invasion and confinement. Section two reflects upon the historical development of vampire narratives and the monster as oppressed, alienated Other. Section three discusses cultural anxieties of youth, (im)maturity, childhood agency, abuse and the age of consent. The final section addresses vampire as intimate partner, mapping boundaries between invitation, passion and coercion. With its fresh insight into vampire genre, this book will appeal to academics, students and general public alike.

Keywords

  • Vampire culture
  • Vampire romance
  • consent in vampire films
  • Vampire relationships
  • Lesbian vampires
  • Horror romance
  • Hospitality on screen
  • True Blood
  • Buffy
  • Dracula
  • Carmilla
  • rape and consent in film
  • hospitality and power
  • the Other
  • Vampire genre
  • gender and sexuality

Reviews

“Presents a multitude of perspectives and analyses … . Each writer has a unique outlook with extremely well-supported arguments, with some thought-provoking discussion that stays with you when consuming vampire fiction. A range of texts are analysed, from literature to film to television shows, covering a wide variety of classic and contemporary fiction. The essays all build on previously made points regarding literary vampirism, without rehashing old debates. All-in-all, this volume is a refreshing and provocative read.” (Robin Moon, Journal of Vampire Studies, Vol. 2 (1), 2021)

“With its fresh insight into vampire genre, this book will appeal to academics, students and general public alike. … this proves itself a worthy edition to vampire studies by looking at hospitality (and, of course, invitations), rape and consent and how the vampire film/story examines and explores those concepts.” (Taliesin meets the vampires, taliesinttlg.blogspot.de, December, 2017)

“The essays in this volume offer astute and complex readings of the vampire legend; they frequently challenge traditional approaches while offering new, original and creative interpretations. What happens when the vampire is the “wrong” one for its victim but potentially the “right” one for the viewer or reader? To what extent is the vampire a catalyst or an agent of transformation, one whose horrific actions challenge the viewer/reader to explore his or her own beliefs, values, fears and fantasies? This is a stimulating and challenging collection that opens up new questions just when we thought that there was very little left that could be said about our troubled relationship with vampires and what might occur when we invite the wrong one in.” (Professor Barbara Anne Creed, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Griffith University, Nathan, Australia

    David Baker

  • Griffith University, Southport, Australia

    Stephanie Green

  • Jagiellonian University , Krakow, Poland

    Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska

About the editors

Dr David Baker lectures in film studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Australia. He is author of “Bowie’s Covers, The Artist as Modernist” in Enchanting David Bowie (ed. T. Cinque, Ch. Moore and S. Redmond; 2015), and publishes widely on popular cinema genres.

Dr Stephanie Green is Deputy Head of School in Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Australia, and author of ‘Desiring Dexter: The Pangs and Pleasures of Serial Killer Body Technique’, Continuum 26 2012, 579-588 and The Public Lives of Charlotte and Marie Stopes (2013).

Dr Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska is Associate Professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Poland; author of Constructing Ethnic Identity of Swedish-American Children: Augustana Book Concern (1889-1962) (2011, in Polish), and co-editor of Monstrous Manifestations: Realities and Imaginings of the Monster (2013). 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-62782-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)