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From blood bonds to brand loyalties: Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls and Alan Ball’s True Blood

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This article reads two contemporary vampire narratives, Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls and Alan Ball’s TV series True Blood (2009–2011), in terms of RenĂ© Girard’s theory of mimetic violence and sacrificial crisis. Through complex representations of violence, bloodletting and, in the case of True Blood, the commoditization of blood and blood consumption, these works depict communities on the verge of sacrificial crisis, while also gesturing towards alternative economies of blood through nuanced ‘queerings’ of the vampire community.

Keywords: blood; commodity; sacred; sacrifice; scapegoat; vampire; violence

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Leeds Metropolitan University

Publication date: April 30, 2012

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