Queer Imag(in)Ing: Liminality As Resistance In Lindqvist's Let The Right One In

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Abstract

This essay explores queer imag(in)ing by analyzing a contemporary vampire text, Let The Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist. As I argue, the rhetorical act of humanizing vampires is inherently limiting for (queer) audiences and indicative of processes that seek to clarify, assimilate, and tame*in short, normalize, which as Michel Foucault states imposes homogeneity by stamping out difference. Furthermore, I argue that a text can actively resist moments of normalization with the strategic use of what Victor Turner calls liminality*a (queer) rhetorical tactic that resists while seemingly/simultaneously buttressing a liberal humanist belief wherein difference is denied thus displacing and denying the significance of the Other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-123
Number of pages21
JournalCommunication and Critical/ Cultural Studies
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Imaging
  • Imagining
  • Liminality
  • Lindqvist
  • Queer
  • Resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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