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Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption

Robert Latham

Abstract

From the novels of Anne Rice to The Lost Boys, from The Terminator to cyberpunk science fiction, vampires and cyborgs have become strikingly visible figures within American popular culture, especially youth culture. This book explains why, showing how fiction, film, and other media deploy these ambiguous monsters to embody and work through the implications of a capitalist system in which youth both consume and are consumed. Inspired by Marx's use of the cyborg vampire as a metaphor for the objectification of physical labor in the factory, the book shows how contemporary images of vampires and ... More

Keywords: Anne Rice, leisure, Terminator, cyberpunk, science fiction, vampires, cyborgs, American popular culture, youth culture, capitalist system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226468914
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226467023.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Latham, author