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“My teeth go into her smooth neck.” The Significance of Vampirism and Doppelgänger in Emma Tennant’s The Bad Sister

January 2012

This paper examines Emma Tennant’s novel The Bad Sister as a vampire story and compares it with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The vampires in the two novels are directly compared in order to demonstrate similar characteristics between them. This examination will reveal the vampire as a sexual metaphor and a protest to radical feminism. The Bad Sister is a rewrite of James Hogg´s novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and represents a more feminine point of view with sexual instead of religious politics. The Bad Sister uses supernatural metaphors such as vampirism and Doppelgänger in order to explain the discontentment of the protagonist, Jane, feels. The Doppelgänger is used to symbolise Jane’s suppressed homosexuality and her repressing gender role demanded by society and vampirism as her means to escape from it.

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