Narrative representations of masculinity. The hard werewolf and the androgynous vampire in "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series" Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2017

start page

  • 71

end page

  • 88

volume

  • 15

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1576-6357

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1695-4300

abstract

  • Laurell Hamilton in her "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series" portrays a large community of monstrous creatures that populate a violent near-future American landscape. A number of critics have already explored the forms in which Anita, the leading heroine, emerges in the 1990s literary scene as a strong figure who challenges traditional narratives of female subordination and alters predictable romantic entanglements with the male protagonists (Crawford 2014; Veldman-Genz 2011; Siegel 2007; Holland-Toll 2004). Moving beyond this approach that centres on Anita, this paper explores the forms in which the author designs her male companions and lovers. Her choice of lovers suggests that there are multiple desires at play inHamilton's popular fiction in relation to masculinity in the context of a heterosexual erotica. Following a methodological approach of cultural studies (Saukko 2003), this study seeks to illustrate how conflicting desires, emblemized by her plurality of lovers, represent a literary effect of paradoxical yearnings at play in contemporary white, middle-class American women's lives.

keywords

  • hard masculinity; androgyny; werewolf; vampire; anita blake: vampire hunter series