Anne Rice and Sexual Politics: The Early Novels

Anne Rice and Sexual Politics: The Early Novels

by James R. Keller, Gwendolyn A. Morgan
     
 

From the vampires Lestat and Louis to a sexually liberated Sleeping Beauty, novelist Anne Rice has created a host of characters who are notable for their paradoxical combinations of the deviant and the conventional. Exit to Eden, for example, ends with the sado-masochistic protagonists embarking on a traditional monogamous heterosexual relationship, while the

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From the vampires Lestat and Louis to a sexually liberated Sleeping Beauty, novelist Anne Rice has created a host of characters who are notable for their paradoxical combinations of the deviant and the conventional. Exit to Eden, for example, ends with the sado-masochistic protagonists embarking on a traditional monogamous heterosexual relationship, while the vampires often long to exchange their erotic immortality for "ordinary" mortal lives and loves.

This scholarly analysis of the seemingly incompatible elements of the subversive and the socially acceptable in Rice's early work covers her career from the landmark Interview with the Vampire (1976) to Lasher (1993). Each chapter tackles a different aspect of Rice's conflicting portrayals of sexual issues, including homophobia, pedophilia, castration anxiety, and the vast array of gender stereotypes and roles that her novels so often interpret and exploit. This study is appropriate both for readers of Rice's writing and those intrigued by issues of sexual politics and the ways in which a popular author both embraces and repudiates some of the most shocking concepts of sexuality. An index and bibliography are included to aid research.

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Rice's characters pursue polymorphous sexuality yet lust for the conventional, according to Keller (English Renaissance literature, Mississippi U. for Women, Columbus). This scholarly analysis "interrogates the vampire" and themes of engendering whiteness, deviance, castration anxiety, and rape fantasies in such early works as (1976), (1979), and (1986). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786408467
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
181
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

James R. Keller is a professor and chair of the English and Theatre department at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. The author or editor of numerous works about popular culture, he lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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