This chapter focuses on conceptions of sexuality in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the idea that so-called 'perverse' sexual activities (such as masturbation, homosexuality, and sexual excess) lead to the exhaustion of precious and non-renewable life-energy. It discusses sexological writings, degeneration theory, and vampire fiction, which draws on these theories. The literary text discussed in detail is John Sheridan Le Fanu's 'Carmilla'.
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