Implementation of homosexual subject in selected texts of contemporary vampire culture
The article takes up the issue of the functioning of homosexual subject in selected cultural texts, such as Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Illness or Modern Women by Elfriede Jelinek, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice and The Fearless Vampire Killers directed by Roman Polański. The cultural phenomena — vampirism and homosexuality, associated with man since ancient times, had at last come together in correlation. For such correlation occurs in areas of mass culture of the twentieth and twenty-first century. It is this culture where manifestation of homosexual vampire subject, particularly gay, takes place. The article seeks to present the double space of transgression that occurs through contamination of vampirism and homoerotic desire. In these texts, homosexual culture, „I” appears in the transition from the human world to vampire world (Interview with the Vampire), or is already constituted in the vampire dimension (Carmilla). The situation in which a vampire is suspended between life and death triggers the homosexual subjectivity. Its meaning is implemented in moments that integrate thanatic and erotic forces. These forces are trying to deconstruct the heterosexual matrix. Thereby “the place” can be understood as a cultural text in which the implementation starts.