- No Longer in the Same Vein: the changing nature of vampires in literature and romance: Kate Carruthers
- Love and Listening: the erotics of talk in the popular romance novel: Jodi McAlister
Kate Carruthers’ 'No Longer in the Same Vein: the changing nature of vampires in literature and romance':
Carruthers describes it as ‘quite a racy genre from the start’. Vampires are all about sex, but they’re really queer, too. Vampires make vampires through transmogrification and biting, Carruthers notes, a potentially queer trope.
Science and medicine are becoming important elements in vampire narratives. Carruthers identifies a novel emergence of vampires being created by normative birth. Vampire stories like this have an undercurrent of eugenics and ‘improving the breed’. Vampire breeding gets REALLY sticky, as heteronormativity and white supremacy become clear subtexts.
Carruthers takes a close look at the Nazi concept of ‘blood and soil’ and US white supremacist policy to contextualise how reproducing vampires problematise ‘hybridising’.
Jodi McAlister's 'Love and Listening: the erotics of talk in the popular romance novel':
In ‘Faking It,’
Outlander example: Jamie believes Clare and declares ‘there is truth between us,’