Mordecki, Rachel Brianne
The scope of LGBTQ characters in fiction is wholly limited. When an LGBTQ character makes his or her way into a story, that character is usually flat and static and becomes a caricature rather than a whole character. My critical introduction maps the creation of each of my thesis stories and applies them to patterns that I have discovered while reading Victorian and contemporary literature that stereotypes, isolates, and/or punishes LGBTQ characters. I discuss the idea of displaced desire in Victorian works by Kate Chopin, M.E. Braddon, Oscar Wilde, and Sheridan Le Fanu, and also the stereotyping of characters in contemporary novels ala JK Rowling’s and Cassandra Clare’s novels. Then, in my body of fiction, I take those same patterns and turn them around so as to expose heteronormativity and filter it through a monstrous lens.