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Bitten by Twilight

Youth Culture, Media, and the Vampire Franchise


Edited By Melissa A. Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz

Focusing on the wildly successful Twilight series, this collection of scholarly essays examines the phenomenon from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. Particular attention is paid to cultural, social, and economic aspects of the series and to the recurrent messages about youth, gender roles, romance, and sexuality. Essays discuss race and religion, and provide audience analyses of young adult, adult, anti-, and international fans. Other chapters are political-economic examinations into celebrity, tourism, and publishing. With new research by established and rising scholars, this volume is a significant contribution to the growing field of youth studies and complements existing feminist cultural analyses of media texts.


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Acknowledgments vii Prologue ix Introduction 1 Melissa A. Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, & Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz I. Biting into the Twilight Narrative 1. Mormon Morality and Immortality in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series 21 Margaret M. Toscano 2. Twilight Follows Tradition: Analyzing “Biting” Critiques of Vampire Narratives for Their Portrayals of Gender and Sexuality 37 Melissa Ames 3. Civilized Vampires Versus Savage Werewolves: Race and Ethnicity in the Twilight Series 55 Natalie Wilson 4. Cullen Family Values: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Twilight Series 71 Carrie Anne Platt 5. Twilight and Transformations of Flesh: Reading the Body in Contemporary Youth Culture 87 Danielle Dick McGeough 6. A Very Queer Refusal: The Chilling Effect of the Cullens’ Heteronormative Embrace 103 Kathryn Kane 7. Taking a Bite Out of Love: The Myth of Romantic Love in the Twilight Series 119 Tricia Clasen Contents vi II. Biting into the Twilight Fandom 8. Relating to Twilight: Fans’ Responses to Love and Romance in the Vampire Franchise 137 Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Melissa A. Click, & Jennifer Stevens Aubrey 9. My Mother, Myself: Mother-Daughter Bonding via the Twilight Saga 155 Cathy Leogrande 10. Back to the Woods: Narrative Revisions in New Moon Fan Fiction at Twilighted 173 Juli Parrish 11. Transnational Twilighters: A Twilight Fan Community in Norway 189 Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore & Rebecca Williams 12. Biting Back: Twilight Anti-Fandom and the Rhetoric of Superiority 207 Jessica Sheffield & Elyse Merlo III: Biting into the Twilight Franchise 13. Twilight and the Production of the 21st Century Teen Idol 225 Jennifer Stevens Aubrey,...

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