Laura Davidel

Département/Department: Anglais/Englishimage002

Grade/Position: doctorante / Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant

Domaines de recherche/Research Interests:

  • Gothic Studies
  • Monstrosity
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Gender Studies
  • Littérature anglo-américaine des IXe et XXe siècles /19th and 20th Century American and British Literature

Sujet de thèse / Ph.D. subject : « Liminal Creatures: Representations of Monstrosity, Queerness, and Procreation in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles »


  • Master en Etudes Culturelles Britanniques/ MA in British Cultural Studies (2013)
  • Licence Langues, Littératures et Civilisations Étrangères (Anglais-Français) / BA Language Literature and Culture (English-French) (2011)


Revues  et ouvrages internationaux  avec comité de lecture/International Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Book chapter: 

“Monstrosity, Performativity and Performance”. The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Ed. Clive Bloom. Palgrave, (forthcoming 2020)


“Agency in the Rician Vampire’s Compulsion to Feed” in Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural,  (forthcoming 2020)

”’Orphans of ticking time’: Armand’s Experience of Immortality as Duration and Desynchronization in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles'” in Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies Volume 5, Issue 2, 2018. 54-67.

Communications/Papers Delivered:

“Amel – the Voice that Cries from the Crypt” at Gothic Hybridities: Interdisciplinary, Multimodal and Transhistorical Approaches – 14th Conference of the International Gothic Association, Manchester, UK, 2018

“The Dark Gift: Aspects of Vampiric Transformation in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles” at The International Vampire Film & Arts Festival, Transylvania, Romania 2017

Those Who Must Be Kept – Vampires as Figures of Disability” at the workshop organized by Metz, Saarbrücken and Warszawa Universities in Saarbrücken, Germany, 2017

“Rice’s Female Vampires: between Power and Impairment” at the 4th World Dracula Congress, organised by The Transylvanian Dracula Society, Trinity College Dublin, 2016

« Le cannibalisme comme transfert de pouvoir dans les Chroniques des vampires d’Anne Rice » Journée d’études Cannibales, Université de Lorraine, 2016

“Vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires” at the workshop Border Cultures : Theorizing and (Con‐)textualizing Borders, Saarland University/Saarbrucken, Allemagne, 2015

« Le vampirisme : perceptions différentes de la monstruosité » Journée d’études des jeunes chercheurs : Interculturalité & identité, Pôle Scientifique TELL, Université de Lorraine, 2014

Comptes rendus/ Book Reviews:

“Heide Crawford The Origins of the Literary Vampire. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, 129 pages” in Studies in Popular Culture (Issue 41, Vol. 1 Fall ‘18)

“Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us, ed. by Adam Golub and Heather Hayton” in The Irish Journal of Gothic Horror (Issue #17 Autumn 2018)

“The Gothic Condition: Terror, History and the Psyche, David Punter” in The Irish Journal of Gothic Horror (Issue #16 Autumn 2017)

“Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture, M. Jess Peacock” in The Irish Journal of Gothic Horror  (Issue #15 Autumn 2016)