The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Overview

The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy the Vampire Slayer explores the curiosity and fascination surrounding the enduring myth of Dracula and vampires. Over one hundred years after Bram Stoker's influential novel was published, an interest in vampires is still prevalent in popular culture. This is suggested by the recent popularity of such television shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it's spin-off, Angel. Milly Williamson examines this phenomena and looks at the issues of gender pertaining to both vampires and their followers, the modern portrayal of vampires, the nature of identity and identification, and the fans themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Scope Magazine
Successfully straddles the divide between high and low culture...This eclectic approach makes her study all the more comprehensive and fascinating.

— Sarah Artt

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
Insightful and interesting.

— Kelly O'Connor-Salomon

Scope Magazine - Sarah Artt

Successfully straddles the divide between high and low culture...This eclectic approach makes her study all the more comprehensive and fascinating.

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts - Kelly O'Connor-Salomon

Insightful and interesting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904764403
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2005
  • Series: Film Studies Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Milly Williamson is Senior Lecturer in Mass Communications and Cultural Studies at the University of North London. She has written a number of articles on vampires and vampiricism.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionGender and the Dracula: What's at Stake?Vampire Transformations: Gothic Melodrama, Sympathy and the SelfFans Re-reading the Vampire: Issues of Gender and the Pleasures of PathosThe Predicament of the Vampire and the Slayer: Gothic Melodrama in Modern AmericaVampire Fandom: Rebels Without a Cause? Theorising Fandom in the Field of Cultural ProductionVampire Fandom in the Field of Cultural Production: A Vampire Fan Club Case StudyDonning Fangs: Gender, the Vampire and Dressing the SelfRewriting the Vampire: Gender, Sexuality and Fan FictionConclusion. The Vampire and the Self: the Dilemmas of the Dead and the Realm of the PossibleNotesBibliographyIndex

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