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TitleConstructions of the subject: sexuality in Rice's "Lestat" and Meyer's "Edward"
 
AuthorsVan Bever Donker, Marjolein Hanny C.
 
Issue Date2011
 
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
AbstractThis thesis conducts a comparative analysis of Anne Rice’s Lestat, in her The Vampire Chronicles and Stephenie Meyer’s Edward, in her Twilight Saga, focusing primarily on the construction of their respective sexualities. Beginning by clarifying the theoretical groundwork for the analysis, I first discuss the theory of the Gothic in which I situate the texts and read some of the theory pertaining to the gothic body. From there I turn to queer theory and identity politics, introducing the concept of the thematic / problematic distinction on which to map the differences and debates between the two – an important area to establish as it resonates throughout the paper. Then I proceed to consider Freud’s Uncanny, touching on the work of Joan Copjec and Barbara Creed. Once this groundwork has been established, I work through Foucault’s arguments in The History of Sexuality, Volume One: The Will to Knowledge, detailing its significance as the focalizing theory for my analysis of the novels – particularly the three related elements of power, discourse and the body. Coupled with other theorist’s readings of Foucault’s arguments, this will then set me up to work the three elements into the thematic/problematic relationship, the uncanny and the gothic body. Once this theoretical work is completed, I will return to a literary analysis of the difference between the two characters based on their construction of sexuality in their subjectivity. Finally, after turning to the novels themselves, I show how Lestat engages with the thematic as he is seen to queer the notions of sex that Edward portrays, and is therefore more effective as a monstrous figure, and more effective in evoking the uncanny. Ultimately, The Vampire Chronicles is more successful in utilizing its possibilities for ‘dissent’ as a gothic novel, than the Twilight Saga.
 
DegreeMaster of Arts
 
SubjectSex in literature.
 
Dept/ProgramLiterary and Cultural Studies
 
DC FieldValue
dc.contributor.authorVan Bever Donker, Marjolein Hanny C.
 
dc.date.hkucongregation2012
 
dc.date.issued2011
 
dc.description.abstractThis thesis conducts a comparative analysis of Anne Rice’s Lestat, in her The Vampire Chronicles and Stephenie Meyer’s Edward, in her Twilight Saga, focusing primarily on the construction of their respective sexualities. Beginning by clarifying the theoretical groundwork for the analysis, I first discuss the theory of the Gothic in which I situate the texts and read some of the theory pertaining to the gothic body. From there I turn to queer theory and identity politics, introducing the concept of the thematic / problematic distinction on which to map the differences and debates between the two – an important area to establish as it resonates throughout the paper. Then I proceed to consider Freud’s Uncanny, touching on the work of Joan Copjec and Barbara Creed. Once this groundwork has been established, I work through Foucault’s arguments in The History of Sexuality, Volume One: The Will to Knowledge, detailing its significance as the focalizing theory for my analysis of the novels – particularly the three related elements of power, discourse and the body. Coupled with other theorist’s readings of Foucault’s arguments, this will then set me up to work the three elements into the thematic/problematic relationship, the uncanny and the gothic body. Once this theoretical work is completed, I will return to a literary analysis of the difference between the two characters based on their construction of sexuality in their subjectivity. Finally, after turning to the novels themselves, I show how Lestat engages with the thematic as he is seen to queer the notions of sex that Edward portrays, and is therefore more effective as a monstrous figure, and more effective in evoking the uncanny. Ultimately, The Vampire Chronicles is more successful in utilizing its possibilities for ‘dissent’ as a gothic novel, than the Twilight Saga.
 
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version
 
dc.description.thesisdisciplineLiterary and Cultural Studies
 
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's
 
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts
 
dc.identifier.hkulb4756063
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)
 
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B47560630
 
dc.subject.lcshSex in literature.
 
dc.titleConstructions of the subject: sexuality in Rice's "Lestat" and Meyer's "Edward"
 
dc.typePG_Thesis
 
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turn to queer theory and identity politics, introducing the concept of the thematic /

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Freud&#8217;s Uncanny, touching on the work of Joan Copjec and Barbara Creed. Once this

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relationship, the uncanny and the gothic body. Once this theoretical work is completed, I

will return to a literary analysis of the difference between the two characters based on their

construction of sexuality in their subjectivity. Finally, after turning to the novels

themselves, I show how Lestat engages with the thematic as he is seen to queer the notions

of sex that Edward portrays, and is therefore more effective as a monstrous figure, and

more effective in evoking the uncanny. Ultimately, The Vampire Chronicles is more

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