Will the Real Robert Neville Please, Come Out? Vampirism, the Ethics of Queer Monstrosity, and Capitalism in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend?

@article{Khader2013WillTR,
  title={Will the Real Robert Neville Please, Come Out? Vampirism, the Ethics of Queer Monstrosity, and Capitalism in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend?},
  author={J. Khader},
  journal={Journal of Homosexuality},
  year={2013},
  volume={60},
  pages={532 - 557}
}
  • J. Khader
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of Homosexuality
In this article, I argue that Richard Matheson's (1954) vampire novella, I Am Legend, encodes the protagonist's, Robert Neville, traumatic recognition of his queer sexuality in its monstrosity (the unspeakability of male penetrability). Neville's identification with and desire for his undead neighbor, Ben Cortman, are symbolically codified through three different registers: intertextual references to vampiric conventions and codes, the semiotics of queer subculture, and a structure of doubling… Expand
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