The Vampire, the Scapegoat and the Sacred King

  • Susan Chaplin


Girard argues that vengeful, contagious, reciprocal violence can engulf communities at times of crisis and that this catastrophic mode of violence demands a scapegoat, something vampirically to ‘sink its teeth into’. Through Girard’s theory of mimetic violence, scapegoating and the sacred, Chapter 2 considers in detail the economies of sacrifice that operate from Stoker’s Dracula to Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, before going on to examine how Anne Rice’s vampire narratives begin to reconfigure this economy and to prepare the way for postmillennial transformations of the vampiric blood exchange.


Scapegoat Sacrifice Rivalry Evil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Chaplin
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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