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Sullied Blood, Semen and Skin: Vampires and the Spectre of Miscegenation

Published inGothic studies, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 33-43
Publication date2013

This article explores the trend in contemporary vampire media to highlight racially-charged issues, demonstrating a consciousness of the way the vampire has been used in conjunction with racial stigmatisation. While the traditional figure of the vampire spoke strongly to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century white American fears of miscegenation, I argue that some contemporary vampire narratives, such as Blade (1998), Underworld (2003), and True Blood (2008-), rewrite the figure in order to question and/or undo the link between ‘monstrosity' and racial otherness. Central to this task is not only the repositioning and characterisation of the vampire, but also ̶ considering that the female body was once perceived as the locus for racial purity ̶ that of the heroine.

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Skin
  • Vampires
  • Underworld
  • True Blood
  • Blade
  • Race
  • Miscegenation
  • Disease
  • Hybridity
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FROHREICH, Kimberly. Sullied Blood, Semen and Skin: Vampires and the Spectre of Miscegenation. In: Gothic studies, 2013, vol. 15, n° 1, p. 33–43. doi: 10.7227/gs.15.1.4
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