Reading the Vampire

Author: Ken Gelder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134895348

Category: Art

Page: 176

View: 9361

Insatiable bloodlust, dangerous sexualities, the horror of the undead, uncharted Trannsylvanian wildernesses, and a morbid fascination with the `other': the legend of the vampire continues to haunt popular imagination. Reading the Vampire examines the vampire in all its various manifestations and cultural meanings. Ken Gelder investigates vampire narratives in literature and in film, from early vampire stories like Sheridan Le Fanu's `lesbian vampire' tale Carmilla and Bram Stoker's Dracula, the most famous vampire narrative of all, to contemporary American vampire blockbusters by Stephen King and others, the vampire chronicles of Anne Rice, `post-Ceausescu' vampire narratives, and films such as FW Murnau's Nosferatu and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Reading the Vampire embeds vampires in their cultural contexts, showing vampire narratives feeding off the anxieties and fascinations of their times: from the nineteenth century perils of tourism, issues of colonialism and national identity, and obsessions with sex and death, to the `queer' identity of the vampire or current vampiric metaphors for dangerous exchanges of bodily fluids and AIDS.

Reading the Vampire Slayer

The Complete, Unofficial Guide to 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

Author: Roz Kaveney

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781860649844

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 322

View: 6243

Essays and analysis of the television programs Buffy the vampire slayer and Angel. Includes an episode guide to all seven seasons of Buffy and to the first four seasons of Angel, as well a critical overview of those seasons' principal themes and structures.

The Lure of the Vampire

Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy

Author: Milly Williamson

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781904764403

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 213

View: 6215

This title explores the enduring myth of Dracula and vampires and just why it has remained so popular for so long.

Der sympathische Vampir

Visualisierungen von Männlichkeiten in der TV-Serie Buffy

Author: Marcus Recht

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593394219

Category: Social Science

Page: 343

View: 3480

Aktuell befindet sich der Vampir-Boom – insbesondere unter Jugendlichen – auf einem Höhepunkt. Marcus Recht untersucht, wie in der populären TV Serie »Buffy« Geschlecht bei den männlichen Vampir-Charakteren visuell dar- und hergestellt wird. Sein Resultat: Die Inszenierung klassischer Männlichkeit wird durch visuelle Strategien gebrochen. Innerhalb der TV-Serie eröffnen sich damit alternative Formen von Geschlecht und Sexualität. Als erstes nicht-englischsprachiges Buch ausgezeichnet mit dem von der "Whedon Studies Association" verliehenen "Mr. Pointy”-Award für das beste Buch des Jahres 2014.

Blood Read

The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture

Author: Joan Gordon,Veronica Hollinger

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812216288

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 5618

The vampire is one of the nineteenth century's most powerful surviving archetypes, owing largely to Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Dracula, the Bram Stoker creation. Yet the figure of the vampire has undergone many transformations in recent years, thanks to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and other works, and many young people now identify with vampires in complex ways. Blood Read explores these transformations and shows how they reflect and illuminate ongoing changes in postmodern culture. It focuses on the metaphorical roles played by vampires in contemporary fiction and film, revealing what they can tell us about sexuality and power, power and alienation, attitudes toward illness, and the definition of evil in a secular age. Scholars and writers from the United States, Canada, England, and Japan examine how today's vampire has evolved from that of the last century, consider the vampire as a metaphor for consumption within the context of social concerns, and discuss the vampire figure in terms of contemporary literary theory. In addition, three writers of vampire fiction—Suzy McKee Charnas (author of the now-classic Vampire Tapestry), Brian Stableford (writer of the lively and erudite novels Empire of Fear and Young Blood), and Jewelle Gomez (creator of the dazzling Gilda stories)—discuss their own uses of the vampire, focusing on race and gender politics, eroticism, and the nature of evil. The first book to examine a wide range of vampire narratives from the perspective of both writers and scholars, Blood Read offers a variety of styles that will keep readers thoroughly engaged, inviting them to participate in a dialogue between fiction and analysis that shows the vampire to be a cultural necessity of our age. For, contrary to legends in which Dracula has no reflection, we can see reflections of ourselves in the vampire as it stands before us cloaked not in black but in metaphor.

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood


Author: Aspasia Stephanou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137349239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

View: 8514

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood examines the manifestations of blood and vampires in various texts and contexts. It seeks to connect, through blood, fictional to real-life vampires to trace similarities, differences and discontinuities. These movements will be seen to parallel changing notions about embodiment and identity in culture.

The Undead Among Us - The Figure of the Vampire as the "Unknown Other" and Its Representation in "True Blood"

Author: Felicitas Schott


ISBN: 3842821859

Category: Art

Page: 67

View: 2923

Drakul. Nosferatu. Upyr. Vampyre. There have been many names for what we know today as the vampire. For over a century, literature, television, cinema and many other areas in our daily lives cannot be imagined without the appearance of this fictional character. Almost everyone is familiar with the image of the walking undead that creeps out of its coffin at night and sucks the blood out of humans. The undead has always been appealing to its audience. It is the ‘otherness’ of such monsters, their frightful darkness and exoticism that makes them so interesting. This book deals with the figure of the vampire regarded as the ‘unknown other’ and how it is fictionally represented in the American TV series True Blood (2008 - ). Considering both psychoanalytical concepts as well identity theory, the author depicts the literary and cinematographic development of the fictional figure of the vampire since the late nineteenth century, and analyzes different representations of the vampire and its “otherness” as well as their appeal to the audience in the True Blood.

Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy

New Life for the Undead

Author: Richard Greene,K. Silem Mohammad

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812696832

Category: Philosophy

Page: 303

View: 8589

"A collection of philosophical essays about the undead: beings such as vampires and zombies who are physically or mentally dead yet not at rest. Topics addressed include the metaphysics and ethics of undeath"--Provided by publisher.

Vampires, Burial, and Death

Folklore and Reality

Author: Paul Barber

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300048599

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 5211

Surveys centuries of folklore about vampires and offers a scientific explanation for the origins of the legends.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy

Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale

Author: James B. South

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812697472

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 8839

Twenty-three essays by young professional philosophers examine crucial ethical and metaphysical aspects of the Buffyverse (the world of Buffy). Though the show already attracted much scholarly attention, this is the first book to fully disinter the intellectual issues. Designed by Whedon as a multilevel story with most of its meanings deeply buried in heaps of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has replaced The X-Files as the show that explains to Americans the nature of the powerful forces of evil continually threatening to surge into our world of everyday decency and overwhelm it. In the tradition of the classic horror films Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses ethical issues that have long fascinated audiences. This book draws out the ethical and metaphysical lessons from a pop-culture phenomenon.

The Modern Vampire and Human Identity

Author: Deborah Mutch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230370144

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

View: 3197

Vampires are back - and this time they want to be us, not drain us. This collection considers the recent phenomena of Twilight and True Blood, as well as authors such as Kim Newman and Matt Haig, films such as The Breed and Interview with the Vampire, and television programmes such as Being Human and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The Vampire Film

Undead Cinema

Author: Jeffrey Weinstock

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850034

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 9241

This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges Méliès' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires in cinema can be organised by a handful of governing principles that help make sense of this movie monster's remarkable fecundity. Among these principles are that the cinematic vampire is invariably about sex and the vexed human relationship with technology, and that the vampire is always an overdetermined body condensing what a culture considers other. This volume includes in-depth studies of films including Powell's A Fool There Was, Franco's Vampyros Lesbos, Cronenberg's Rabid, Kümel's Daughters of Darkness, and Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire.

Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires

Dark Blood

Author: Tabish Khair,Johan Höglund

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137272619

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

View: 4379

Long before the publication of Bram Stokers Dracula, vampires have eagerly transgressed the borders of gender, race, class, propriety, and nations. Such fervent violations of boundaries intensified during the final years of the twentieth century, and the early years of the current millennium have been known as 'the decade of the vampire'. Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires is a unique and timely collection that examines the past and present vampire narrative as a postcolonial and transnational phenomenon. Through a series of important contributions by well-known scholars in the field, it illustrates how vampires have mapped and continues to map the fear of the Other, the ravenous hunger of Empires and the transcultural rifts and intercultural common grounds that make up global society today. The collection is framed by a foreword by Elleke Boehmer and an afterword in the form of a poetic intervention by David Punter.

Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle

Author: S. Karschay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137450339

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 2623

This exciting new study looks at degeneration and deviance in nineteenth-century science and late-Victorian Gothic fiction. The questions it raises are as relevant today as they were at the nineteenth century's fin de siecle: What constitutes the norm from which a deviation has occurred? What exactly does it mean to be 'normal' or 'abnormal'?

The Vampire Chronicles Collection

Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned

Author: Anne Rice

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307762548

Category: Fiction

Page: 1280

View: 9814

The hypnotic, deeply seductive novels of Anne Rice have captivated millions of fans around the world. It all began a quarter of a century ago with Interview with the Vampire. Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Witness the confessions of a vampire. A novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force, it is a story of danger and flight, love and loss, suspense and resolution, and the extraordinary power of the senses. “A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Anne Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.” –Chicago Tribune THE VAMPIRE LESTAT Once an aristocrat from pre-revolutionary France, now a rock star in the decadent 1980s, Lestat rushes through the centuries seeking to fathom the mystery of his existence. His is a mesmerizing story–passionate and thrilling. “Frightening, sensual . . . A psychological, mythological sojourn . . . Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature. . . . To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time.” –San Francisco Chronicle QUEEN OF THE DAMNED Akasha, the queen of the damned, has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. She has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind–in this vivid novel of the erotic, electrifying world of the undead. “With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida.” –Los Angeles Times From the Trade Paperback edition.

Contemporary Spanish Poetry

The Word and the World

Author: Cecile West-Settle,Sylvia Sherno

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640401

Category: Poetry

Page: 258

View: 6438

Debicki's illuminating application of varied critical methodologies and theoretical approaches, in books such as Poetry of Discovery and Spanish Poetry of the Twentieth Century, is reflected in all the essays included in this book."

Vampires in Mythology

Author: Diane Bailey

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448812275

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 2424

Examines some of the historical myths of vampires from around the world.

Reading Angel

The TV Spin-off with a Soul

Author: Stacey Abbott

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781850438397

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 265

View: 8398

Chronicles all five seasons of the popular Joss Whedon television program, discussing such topics as cinematic aesthetics, music, portrayals of masculinity, and the concept of the superhero.

Vampire God

The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture

Author: Mary Y. Hallab

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438428588

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 177

View: 2196

Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.

Media Studies

The Essential Resource

Author: Philip Rayner,Peter Wall,Stephen Kruger

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415291736

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 285

View: 4099

This text is a comprehensive collection of primary source material for those studying the media at university and pre-university level. Extracts include a range of texts from academic and non-academic works including journalism and writings on film, television and popular culture.