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Transfusing Blood, Science and the Supernatural in Vampire Texts
Aspasia Stephanou

This article examines blood transfusion in vampire texts and its connections to vampirism in order to establish the different ways the body and identity of the vampire, and its victim, are constituted and affected by the dangerous circulation of blood. Vampire texts manifest anxieties about identity that arise through the symbolic value of blood, but also through its increasing medicalisation. Nineteenth-century vampire texts focus on blood‘s symbolisms while twentieth-century texts define blood as a neutral medium to be analysed and explained. In the late twentieth century however, blood becomes the locus of biomedical interventions which affirm respect for tradition, selfish individualism and responsibility.

Gothic Studies
The War on Terror and the resurgence of hillbilly horror after 9/11
Linnie Blake

backwoods South in all its gun firing, bow and arrow shooting, torch-carrying and law-defying frenzy thus becomes symbolic analogue for the faceless and savage threat of Islamic anti-Americanism as the media suppressed and psychologically repressed horror of the fallen dead returns once more to haunt us. But unlike Cabin Fever, this film has its two survivors: those who reject the spoiled and selfish individualism of their murdered teenage companions and look to cooperative bloodshed to survive. That is not to say that the forces of evil are easily despatched here. We are

in The wounds of nations
From Madonna to Ally McBeal
Geraldine Harris

that all feminism, and perhaps all politics, is ‘fated’ to end in selfish individualism and there is no possibility of social and political change, only of the reversal and substitution of existing power relations. In short, Big Women clearly belongs to a tradition of classical satire that predates the modern and has always used irony, parody and pastiche to expose the folly of ‘universal human nature’. Significantly, the earlier adaptation of Weldon’s She-Devil provoked a fair measure of feminist debate in the British media (see Brandt, 1993). However, the

in Beyond representation