Gender in the Vampire Narrative Call for Chapters in edited volume
Gender in the Vampire Narrative aims to emphasize the constructions of gender within the icon of the vampire and the manner in which these interpretations reify our images of human beings and the ways in which we identify and manufacture the gendered and sexualized Other. We hope to open doorways to discussions about Otherness at the college level, serving as an alternative way to explore marginality through a framework that welcomes all students into the conversation. This volume is under contract with Sense Publishers as part of their Race & Ethnicity Series, seeks classroom ready original essays from scholars with PhDs, which explicitly connect the vampire narrative to studies in gender and sexuality.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
•Dangerous Women: the vampire succubus and the rise of the vamp (i.e. Theda Bara, Carmilla)
•Fears of the Independent Woman (i.e. Elizabeth Bathory, Carmilla, Mina Harker)
•Fear as Titillation: The use of the lesbian vampire narrative (i.e. Stoker’s Dracula, Le Fanu’s Carmilla)
•The reinforcement of gender norms in paranormal romance (i.e. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series)
•Gender blending and the vampire heroine (i.e. Underworld Series, Jocelynn Drake’s Dark Days Series, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series)
•Sexual violence or threat of sexual violence as a plot device (i.e. Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson Series, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series, Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan Series, Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series)
•The Black Female Vampire as the ultimate fear (i.e. True Blood, Ultimate Diet, Fledgling)
•Gender ambiguity and disintegration of gendered bodies (i.e. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s Strain Trilogy)
We particularly welcome proposals for original works that explore non-traditional fictions such as works from lesbian authors, and non-western narratives in film and television.
Please submit proposals (350-500 words) by Friday, October 25th 2013, along with a brief biography (150-200 words), to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If your abstract is selected for inclusion in the volume, first drafts (5,000 to 7,000 words) will be due Friday April 11th 2014 with the final edits due by Friday, July 31st 2014.
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