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Switching It On/Off: Emotional Performativity and Melodrama in The Vampire Diaries
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9649-0873
2014 (English)In: Americana : E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary, ISSN 1787-4637, E-ISSN 1787-4637, Vol. 10, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In late capitalist society, it does not matter whether emotions are genuine; what matters is that questionable actions are accompanied by public displays of regret and apology. Vampires have long been used as metaphors for capitalism. Like the neoliberal subject, the vampires on the television show The Vampire Diaries feel conflicted by their inability to separate their feelings from their more violent instincts. As such, the vampires, too, must learn the balancing act of switching on and off their “humanity” as the situation demands. In other words, they must learn to play their part in the contemporary apology theatre.

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2014. Vol. 10, no 1
Keyword [en]
Humanities and religion - Other humanities and religion
Keyword [sv]
Television, Vampires, Emotions, Neoliberalism, Apology Theatre, Melodrama, Humaniora och religionsvetenskap - Övrig humaniora och religionsvetenskap
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Didactics
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English, Specialization in Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-7196Local ID: 5858396e-cb76-4a67-9160-70f0cc090c91OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-7196DiVA: diva2:980085
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Validerad; 2014; 20140715 (mallid)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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