116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vampires I: Female Vampires

Session Chair: 
James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Carver 207
Topic Area: 


  1. Joanna Shearer, Nevada State College
    This paper seeks to examine representations of female vampires in literature and the ways in which they transgress societal notions of appropriate behavior in order to show that, when women become predators, all of humanity becomes prey, and for this reason, they must die in order to save us all.
  2. Valerie Guyant, Montana State University - Northern
    Social commentary in vampire literature is problematized as it concerns the role of women in the text, whether or not they are vampires.  This paper addresses ways that women are used in these texts to question existing patriarchal practices and express social concerns inherent to specific ages. Vampire literature, such as DraculaCarmilla, Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter address issues of sexual, economic and political equality. 
  3. Meredith Malburne-Wade, High Point University
    What is it about the vampire that unleashes our fears and fantasies? What is it about the female vampire that threatens our identity? Through a close reading of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Octavia Butler's Fledgling, this paper demonstrates how the female vampire has been used to challenge us, titillate us, and lead us to question our own understandings of gender, race, and sexuality. 
  4. John Francis, Independent Scholar
    This paper establishes literary links between the Sumerian Goddess Inanna and the androgynous vampire Eli in John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In
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