Vampire Fantasy: Twilight’s Post-9/11 Neoqueer Vampires

Laura E. Westengard
In Volume 5, Issue 1
Special Issue: Neoliberal Gender, Neoliberal Sex


Arguing that the decade following 9/11 was infused with a unique blend of neoliberal and neoconservative rationalities, this essay reads Twilight’s vampires as fantasy screens that reflect this new worldview rather than challenge it. The Twilight vampires function as homonormative vampires displacing the more threatening figure of the queer terrorist vampire, but they also perform a neoconservative moral authoritarianism. The result is a new fantasy that resonates specifically in the traumatic aftermath of 9/11—the neoqueer vampire.

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