Crystal Palace – Liminal ‘Self’ and Its Projection in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat




Liminality, projection of ‘Self’, liminal ‘Self’, nomadic becoming, Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat, Interview with The Vampire


This paper offers an analysis of the liminality of the ‘Self’ and its subsequent projection onto the material world in Anne Rice’s early novels, Interview with The Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. The study is focused on two characters of the said works – Lestat de Lioncourtand his long-time companion Claudia – and aims at examining their respective‘Selves’ as preternatural beings as well as unique individuals. The research draws on Judith Butler’s and Rosi Braidotti’s theories in order to examine the physical, emotional, and mental changes the characters under go. It subsequently shows that the preternatural ‘Self’exists in a constant state of non-telic transformation, as well as that the perennial metamorphosisis continuously reflected in the characters’ material homes.

Author Biography

Anna Koroniak, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland

Holds a MA degree in International Relations (Eastern Studies) from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and is currently pursuing a PhD in Literary Studies at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Her academic interests include American Gothic fiction, the American South as well as Native American and First Nations literature and social issues.


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How to Cite

Koroniak, A. . “Crystal Palace – Liminal ‘Self’ and Its Projection in Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat”. Ad Americam, vol. 22, Mar. 2021, pp. 5-14, doi:10.12797/AdAmericam.22.2021.22.01.