Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption

4.3 avg rating
( 23 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780226468921: Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

From the novels of Anne Rice to The Lost Boys, from The Terminator to cyberpunk science fiction, vampires and cyborgs have become strikingly visible figures within American popular culture, especially youth culture. In Consuming Youth, Rob Latham explains why, showing how fiction, film, and other media deploy these ambiguous monsters to embody and work through the implications of a capitalist system in which youth both consume and are consumed.

Inspired by Marx's use of the cyborg vampire as a metaphor for the objectification of physical labor in the factory, Latham shows how contemporary images of vampires and cyborgs illuminate the contradictory processes of empowerment and exploitation that characterize the youth-consumer system. While the vampire is a voracious consumer driven by a hunger for perpetual youth, the cyborg has incorporated the machineries of consumption into its own flesh. Powerful fusions of technology and desire, these paired images symbolize the forms of labor and leisure that American society has staked out for contemporary youth.

A startling look at youth in our time, Consuming Youth will interest anyone concerned with film, television, and popular culture.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Rob Latham is an associate professor of English and American studies at the University of Iowa. He is coeditor of the journal Science Fiction Studies and of Modes of the Fantastic, a collection of essays on fantastic fiction and film.

Review:

“The value Latham’s study provides . . . lies in his resolutely rational voice in a field that often provokes hysteria, and his insistence on placing these over-theorized . . . icons of popular culture in a social and economic context. . . . Vampires and cyborgs, the undead and the human machine, are not as far apart as their temporal locations in Gothic past and Science Fiction future might indicate. They share the same logic: figures who consume, serially offered up for our eager consumption.” (Catherine Spooner MLR)

Consuming Youth is a near-encyclopedic work. Latham’s nuanced readings connect vampires, with their associations of exploitation, blood-sucking, and undead existence, to cyborgs, who like vampires deconstruct the normal behaviors of the autonomous subject through the joining of human and machine. This important book will make a valuable contribution to cultural studies, contemporary literary theory, and neo-Marxist criticism in general.” (N. Katherine Hayles, author of How We Became Posthuman)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780226468914: Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0226468917 ISBN 13:  9780226468914
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2002
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Latham
Published by Univ Chicago
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:

Book Description Univ Chicago. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 4334703

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

LATHAM
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description 2002. Condition: NEW. 9780226468921 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE0946616

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Robert Latham
Published by University of Chicago Press 2002-05-15 (2002)
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of Chicago Press 2002-05-15, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-WLY-9780226468921

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.63
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 17.78
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Latham, Rob; Latham, Robert A.
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GreatBookPricesUK
(Castle Donington, DERBY, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 486547-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 18.59
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Robert Latham
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0226468925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 48.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Robert A. Latham
Published by The University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description The University of Chicago Press. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780226468921

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 13.57
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Latham, Rob
Published by Univ of Chicago Pr (2002)
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description Univ of Chicago Pr, 2002. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 336 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0226468925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 55.63
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Latham, Robert
ISBN 10: 0226468925 ISBN 13: 9780226468921
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-0226468925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 107.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds