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Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosnik

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088605

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088605.001.0001

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‘As much a family as anyone could be, anywhere ever’: revisioning the family in Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls

‘As much a family as anyone could be, anywhere ever’: revisioning the family in Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls

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(p.174) 10 ‘As much a family as anyone could be, anywhere ever’: revisioning the family in Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls
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Gothic kinship
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William Hughes

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088605.003.0011

In Chapter 10, William Hughes considers the representation of an alternative grouping – not based upon genitally determined reproduction or legalistic dynasties, simultaneously vampiric and homosexual – in Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls (1992). Lost Souls generally, and this vampiric alternative to mortal reproductive culture in particular, critiques two outwardly conventional and yet utterly deviant types of the American family – the incestuous, Christian one-parent family of the vampire-obsessed teenager; and the bourgeois, liberal, new-age-inflected two-parent adoptive family. The alternative to these families is the vampire family. In a sense, the novel embodies familial models which seemingly emblematize social structures that reflect a repressive past, a liberal present and a speculative and truly liberated future. The twenty-first-century significance of this novel is, arguably, its revision of both the failed heterosexual families and the faulted homosexual families of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Poppy Z. Brite, Lost Souls, Single parent, Adoptive family, Queer family, vampires

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