Alba Picado Vallejo

PhD candidate - University of the Basque Country

Alba Picado is a Comparative Literature PhD candidate at the University of the Basque Country, in Spain. She graduated from the University of Deusto with a major in English Philology in 2008. In her dissertation she analyses certain American vampire bestsellers from a gendered perspective and tries to put them in context by contrating their messages with contemporary society in that country. Some of the research topics she is more familiar with are pop culture, teenage literature, feminism, rape culture and LGBTQ issues. She is also a member of the newly formed LGBTQ association “Iris Proiektua” in Sestao, the Basque Country.

Out of the Coffin, out of the Closet, or None? Treatment of LGBTQ vs. Straight Characters in Charlaine Harris' The Southern Vampire Mysteries