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The postmodern vampire in ‘post-race’ America
HBO’s True Blood
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The twenty-first-century vampire is a substantially different creature from the grotesque monsters who lurk in the shadows of narratives from the mid-nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. The HBO television series True Blood is an example of the postmodern Gothic in which the opposition between good and evil is collapsed. In place of fears of a diversity of races coming together, anxieties of 'conversion', and 'post-race' erasures of difference, True Blood champions a multiplicity of 'racial types'. It critiques those who are intolerant of difference, whether of race or of sexual orientation. The roadside sign 'God Hates Fangs' that appears in True Blood's rich title sequence knowingly invokes the homophobia of the real-world Westboro Baptist Church. The members of the Church are notorious for picketing the funerals of gay people and their placard slogan 'God Hates Fags'.

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Open Graves, Open Minds

Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day

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