The feminist and the vampire: constructing postmodern bodies

Kelso, Sylvia (1997) The feminist and the vampire: constructing postmodern bodies. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 8 (4). pp. 472-487.

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[Extract] This paper initiates what I hope will be a larger project, which will consider how popular fiction thinks the posthuman condition. Here, sharing the theoretical concern with corporeality which draws on Foucault’s influential use of “the body,” I hope to consider how the treatment of bod(ies), in small samples of feminist theory and popular fiction, can be read as mutually illuminating, rather than hierarchically ranked ways of thinking postmodernity. In the limited time here I’ll relate work from Jane Gallop, Judith Butler and Elizabeth Grosz, three of the writers often termed corporeal feminists, to some technocultural theory from Donna Haraway. With them I’ll consider some recent vampire novels by Barbara Hambly, Tanya Huff and Laurell Hamilton.

Item ID: 37339
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0897-0521
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Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 02:43
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