Meat, Masculinity, and Pathologized Adolescence in Michael Logan’s <em>Apocalypse Cow</em> and Scott Westerfeld’s <em>Peeps</em>

  • Beppie Keane
Keywords: meat, masculinity, consumption, gender, carol j adams, eco-feminism, feminism, vampires, zombies

Abstract

Drawing on Carol J. Adams’s observations about discourses of meat and masculinity, this paper examines the role of flesh consumption in Michael Logan’s zombie satire Apocalypse Cow and Scott Westerfeld’s pseudo-vampire novel Peeps. By analyzing the discursive strategies that Westerfeld and Logan employ to reflect upon adult and adolescent masculinity, the paper reveals the radical potential in as well as the cultural limitations of consumptive epidemics in literature for and about young men. This potential and these limitations in turn reflect contemporary dialogues between different models of masculine subjectivity.

Author Biography

Beppie Keane

Beppie Keane received her Ph.D. from Macquarie University in 2012, following the successful examination of her thesis, “Evil in Young Adult Fantasy Literature.” She is now conducting research into the role of fantastic infection in literature for and about young people, and she works as Higher Degree Research Officer within Macquarie University’s Faculty of Arts. She previously taught classes on children’s literature, contemporary Australian children’s literature, dolls and cyborgs, and young adult fiction.

Published
2014-05-13
How to Cite
Keane, B. (2014). Meat, Masculinity, and Pathologized Adolescence in Michael Logan’s <em>Apocalypse Cow</em> and Scott Westerfeld’s <em>Peeps</em&gt;. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 6(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/224
Section
Articles for Special Issue on Consumption