Anne Rice and Sexual Politics
The Early Novels
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About the Book
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.
About the Author(s)
James R. Keller
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2000
Table of Contents
1. Interrogating the Vampire: Heterotextuality and Queer Reading 11
2. Engendering Whiteness: The Politics of Race, Gender, and Class in The Feast of All Saints 41
3. The Purloined Penis: Castration Anxiety in Cry to Heaven 65
4. Violation and Sex Education: Beauty’s Erotic Odyssey 91
5. Exit to Eden: The Body, the Spectacle, and the Transgressive Space 103
6. Prurient Painters and Pedophiles: Negotiating Consent in Belinda 127
7. Rape Fantasies: Constructing a Masculine Prototype among the Mayfair Witches 143
Conclusion: Gender, Horror, and Popular Culture 159
Book Reviews & Awards
“captivating…superb”—Public Library Quarterly; “indispensable”—Cercles.