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Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and Culture
     

Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and Culture

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by John Edgar Browning
 

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Since the publication of Dracula in 1897, Bram Stoker's original creation has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and filmmakers. From Universal's early black-and-white films and Hammer's Technicolor representations that followed, iterations of Dracula have been cemented in mainstream cinema. This anthology investigates and explores the far larger body

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Since the publication of Dracula in 1897, Bram Stoker's original creation has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and filmmakers. From Universal's early black-and-white films and Hammer's Technicolor representations that followed, iterations of Dracula have been cemented in mainstream cinema. This anthology investigates and explores the far larger body of work coming from sources beyond mainstream cinema reinventing Dracula. Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms assembles provocative essays that examine Dracula films and their movement across borders of nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and genre since the 1920s. The essays analyze the complexity Dracula embodies outside the conventional landscape of films with which the vampire is typically associated. Focusing on Dracula and Dracula-type characters in film, anime, and literature from predominantly non-Anglo markets, this anthology offers unique perspectives that seek to ground depictions and experiences of Dracula within a larger political, historical, and cultural framework.

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The variety and richness of the essays collected here certainly offer many intriguing pages for both fans and scholars of the undead creatures.

With such a large scope, minute research, fresh perspectives and well-argued writing, Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms guarantees more than 300 pages of an interesting and inspiring read which finds a perfect balance between the academic and popular writing. It is accessible, but not light; interesting, but not shallow; clever, but not self-indulgent; serious, but never boring. And most importantly, it may make you think differently about the various vampire texts that you thought you knew well, and will certainly reveal many new ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810866966
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/16/2009
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

John Browning teaches at Louisiana State University. Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart has been a professor of Philosophy, Biology, English, and Film for over 20 years. Since August 2008, she has produced and hosted her own radio show, which boasts over a million monthly listeners.

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