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Derams of Social Flying: The Yupple-Slacker Dialectic

Rob Latham

in Consuming Youth

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780226468914
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226467023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226467023.003.0003
Derams of Social Flying: The Yupple-Slacker Dialectic

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This chapter explores how the ideal Fordist image of youth consumption has been impacted by the socioeconomic realities of post-Fordism. It specifically looks at youth-consumer vampirism in the 1970s. It is interesting to observe that George A. Romero's Martin emphatically depicts family relations as powerful constraints on vampiric freedom. It then considers how Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, like Martin, marked an epochal moment in the history of the youth-consumer vampire. Vampirism functions in the novel as a means of escape from a dull, yuppified existence. Suckers and The Judas Glass illustrate the yuppie vampire novel taking to heart a sharp critique of its consumerist ethos. The Bloodsucking Fiends displays the slacker vampire novel admitting, however grudgingly, its own implication in the values and pleasures of consumption. It shows the slacker vampire's undead perceptions activating the aesthetic richness latent in consumerist glitz.

Keywords: youth consumption; vampire novel; Interview with the Vampire; Anne Rice; George A. Romero; vampirism; Suckers; The Judas Glass; Bloodsucking Fiends

Chapter.  10645 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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