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'Who ordered the hamburger with AIDS'?: haematophilic semiotics in Tru(e) Blood

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Journal publication date05/2013
JournalGothic Studies
Journal number1
Volume15
Number of pages11
Pages55-65
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article analyses the role of blood in the American series True Blood. It opens with a reassessment of sexual readings of vampires that complements previous work on their metaphorical significance for Queer Studies and focuses on the complex AIDS burger sequence in Season One. The article then explores how artificial blood, ‘TruBlood’, may function as a radical attack on vampires which mirrors how commodity culture has adapted to suit the needs of marginal communities. Lastly, the article turns to non-genetic blood ties to show how ‘true’ blood (i.e. personal or individual) is the only substance that actually unites creatures in the series.