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The Secret ViceMasturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture$
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Diane Mason

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719077142

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.001.0001

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‘The languor which I had long felt began to display itself in my countenance’ Vampires, lesbians and masturbators

‘The languor which I had long felt began to display itself in my countenance’ Vampires, lesbians and masturbators

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The Secret Vice
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Diane Mason

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0004

This chapter considers the relationship between Laura, the narrator, and Carmilla, her vampire predator, in the supernatural tale, ‘Carmilla’, by J.S. Le Fanu (1871–72). It examines the way in which the medical pathologies of masturbation and consumption can be seen to map over the occult pathology of vampirism, concentrating particularly on the face as a locus of signification as to an individual's health and character. It also explores the relationship between masturbation, consumption and female same-sex desire, and shows how these lesbian liaisons were often described in predatory or vampiric terms in both pornographic and mainstream Victorian literature.

Keywords:   Carmilla, Victorian literature, consumption, medical pathology, vampirism, same-sex desire, pornography

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