Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Interview with a Vampire pt 2

According to Wikipedia “postmodernism is a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative. It emphasizes the role of language, power relations, and motivations; in particular it attacks the use of sharp classifications such as male versus female, straight versus gay, white versus black, and imperial versus colonial. Postmodernism has influenced many cultural fields, including literary criticism, sociology, linguistics, architecture, visual arts, and music.” I think that this explanation is interesting. When I first saw the word I tried to think of what I thought it mean. I tried to break it down by thinking that post means after the fact and modern is the latest styles, attitudes, or practices. So when I put it together I just basically thought of it as the future. And in a way, I think, this definition kind of fits. I mean the role of language is ever changing and right now it is very important and always has been and I think always will be. When reading Ryne T.’s blog about the same topic I thought it was interesting how Ryne compared the idea of straight vs. gay and comparing them to Louis and Lestat. I definitely see how this compares. In all the other vampire novels we have read in class and most that I have read outside of class the act of sucking blood has only happened to women. So what is this saying; is it trying to be different? It is trying to make a statement? Is it trying to make vampirism look more appalling by using two men?

1 comment:

  1. You raise a lot of questions here that I think many people thought while reading Interview. Why two men Anne Rice? Is she trying to hint at different sexual tendencies? Or is she trying to say that there is no issue with men having feelings towards eachother whether they're gay or straight. One point I believe Rice is trying to make with all the male relationships is that many people set too much store on sex or gender. Does it matter if they are two men? Does that mean that they are gay? It is obvious throughout the book that Louis and Lestat have a very close bond; that they love eachother. I've said in my blog that Rice is realistic and she holds nothing back. I believe this is a good example of it. Louis and Lestat have a very close relationship and I'm sure some readers were uncomfortable at some parts but Rice puts it in there anyway.