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Spike, sex and subtext : intertextual portrayals of the sympathetic vampire on cult television


Williamson, Milly


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Abstract The vampire Spike of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the latest in a long line of a mbiguous but sympathetic vampires which have caught the public imagination, stretching back to Polidori’s Byronesque vampire, Lord Ruthven. This article argues that the vampire image that circulates across contemporary vampire fan cultures is one that exceeds any individual depiction of the vampire; the sympathetic vampire operates as a metatext for vampire fans who draw on textual cues to interpret vampires sympathetically, even when the text itself does not. In the case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the text overtly encourages a sympathetic subtextual reading of Spike by linking his glamour, sex appeal and rebellion to a hinted-at unseen suffering, which is easily recognized by fans. Fans read Spike’s bad-boy pose as symbolic of hidden pathos. Indeed, the text adopts conventions associated with fan fiction in order to encourage and sustain a surrounding fan culture.
Klassifikation Kultursoziologie, Kunstsoziologie, Literatursoziologie; Rundfunk, Telekommunikation; Wirkungsforschung, Rezipientenforschung
Freie Schlagwörter Buffy; cult TV; fan culture; intertextuality; metatext; outcast; slash fiction; subtext; sympathetic vampire
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2005
Seitenangabe S. 289-311
Zeitschriftentitel European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8 (2005) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549405054863
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)