Lesbianism and the Vampire in “Christabel”and Carmilla

Lesbianism and the Vampire in “Christabel”and Carmilla

Le Fanu colors Laura’s sexual exploration with Gothic convention and vampirism, and in so doing, reinforces the close relationship that exists between the Gothic and the queer, a relationship that evokes from both Laura and the reader sensations of “fear” alongside “strange tumultuous excitement”

Introduction to the Monstrous Women of Dracula and Carmilla

Introduction to the Monstrous Women of Dracula and Carmilla

Portrayals of vampire women have changed very little from the nineteenth- to the twentieth-first-century, as is especially evident in the characterisations of the vampire women in ‘Dracula’ and J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s eponymous ‘Carmilla’ (1872) in recent adaptations

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