The "Coven of the Articulate": orality and community in Anne Rice's vampire fiction.

Wasson, Sara-Patricia (2012) The "Coven of the Articulate": orality and community in Anne Rice's vampire fiction. Journal of Popular Culture, 45 (1). pp. 197-213.

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Anne Rice's twelve vampire “autobiographies” continue to be hugely influential for vampire fiction and other artifacts of popular culture. This article explores two tropes which structure and enable the vampire communities throughout the twelve texts. Both are crucially gifts: the “Dark Gift” of blood to be swallowed, and the gift of autobiography to be shared. Anthropological gift theory is a fruitful tool for analyzing the way exchange functions in Rice’s texts, as well as in the vast array of texts influenced by her vampire chronicles. Rice’s vampire community is forged by complex exchanges of blood and words, joining mouths that swallow and mouths that speak

Item Type: Article
Electronic ISSN: 1540 5931
Additional Information: Also paper presented as "Coven of the Articulate: Orality and community in contemporary Vampire fiction" at the Colloquium - "Popular Politics and Vampire Stories": the appropriation of Vampires in 21st century narratives, held by the Association for Research in Popular Fiction at Liverpool John Moores University, 14 July 2007. Keynote speaker.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anne Rice; vampire fiction; orality; community;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 800 Literature > 810 American literature in English
Library of Congress Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Item ID: 4521
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 15:29
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2012 15:39

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