Carmila

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Date: 2003

Region: Europe

Subject: Explicit Sexuality and Children

Medium: Literature


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Artist: Violeta Gomez

Confronting Bodies:

  • Bookshops
  • Colleges and schools

Dates of Action: 2003

Location: Spain

Description of Artwork: The novel, inspired by Le Fanu's gothic classic, featured a love story between a young vampire female and a little girl.

The Incident: Many bookshops refused to sell the book and many presentations in colleges and schools were canceled.

Results of Incident: A quiet boycott followed. The novel had been awarded in a prestigious contest in 1998, with a jury formed by many Spanish major writers, including a Nobel prize winner.

Source: Violeta Gomez