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The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction
by Jerry Rafiki Jenkins
The Ohio State University Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-8142-5534-6 | eISBN: 978-0-8142-7698-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8142-1401-5
Library of Congress Classification PS374.V35J46 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.5409375

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
One of the first books to examine representations of black vampires exclusively, The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction not only refutes the tacit assumption that there is a lack of quality African American vampire fiction worthy of study or reading but also proposes that the black vampires help to answer an important question: Is there more to being black than having a black body? As symbols of immortality, the black vampires in Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, Tananarive Due’s My Soul to Keep, Brandon Massey’s Dark Corner, Octavia Butler’s Fledgling,and K. Murry Johnson’s Image of Emeralds and Chocolate help to identify not only the notions of blackness that should be kept alive or resurrected in the African American community for the twenty-first century but also the notions of blackness that should die or remain dead. 
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