Raw as life: the Queer, the Goth and the Gothic in Lost Souls, by Poppy Z. Brite
Keywords:literary criticism, contemporary US literature, gothic fiction, queer theory, gothic subculture, fiction
The Goth Subculture features a highly performative disposition relating to sexuality, body, and gender; thus, the scene promotes the emergence of queer identities. The transgender author Poppy Z. Brite inserts his novel Lost Souls in this context as one of the few authors of Gothic fiction to relate his work to the subculture of the same name. In this article I discuss the Goth Subculture parallel to Butler's gender theory, and I also discuss the character development of Nothing, Lost Souls’ protagonist, relating it to the aesthetics of the Goth scene. This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brasil (CAPES) – Finance Code 001.
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