‘As much a family as anyone could be, anywhere ever’
Revisioning the family in Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls
in Gothic kinship
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Institutions can purchase access to individual titles; please contact manchesterhive@manchester.ac.uk for pricing options.


If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

In Chapter 10, William Hughes considers the representation of an alternative grouping – not based upon genitally determined reproduction or legalistic dynasties, simultaneously vampiric and homosexual – in Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls (1992). Lost Souls generally, and this vampiric alternative to mortal reproductive culture in particular, critiques two outwardly conventional and yet utterly deviant types of the American family – the incestuous, Christian one-parent family of the vampire-obsessed teenager; and the bourgeois, liberal, new-age-inflected two-parent adoptive family. The alternative to these families is the vampire family. In a sense, the novel embodies familial models which seemingly emblematize social structures that reflect a repressive past, a liberal present and a speculative and truly liberated future. The twenty-first-century significance of this novel is, arguably, its revision of both the failed heterosexual families and the faulted homosexual families of the twentieth century.

Editors: Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosnik


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 48 29 1
Full Text Views 29 7 0
PDF Downloads 14 8 1