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'Who ordered the hamburger with AIDS'?:haematophilic semiotics in Tru(e) Blood

Aldana Reyes, Xavier (2013) 'Who ordered the hamburger with AIDS'?:haematophilic semiotics in Tru(e) Blood. Gothic Studies, 15 (1). pp. 55-65. ISSN 1362-7937

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Abstract

This article analyses the role of blood in the American series True Blood. It opens with a reassessment of sexual readings of vampires that complements previous work on their metaphorical significance for Queer Studies and focuses on the complex AIDS burger sequence in Season One. The article then explores how artificial blood, ‘TruBlood’, may function as a radical attack on vampires which mirrors how commodity culture has adapted to suit the needs of marginal communities. Lastly, the article turns to non-genetic blood ties to show how ‘true’ blood (i.e. personal or individual) is the only substance that actually unites creatures in the series.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Gothic Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: blood ; queer studies ; capitalism ; True Blood ; AIDS ; vampire ; sexuality ; commodity ; alterity ; community
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 54445
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 May 2012 17:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2013 13:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54445

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