Our Vampires, Ourselves

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Sometimes bewitchingly erotic, sometimes repellent, sometimes ravenous, vampires embody their societies' fears and forbidden dreams. In this wry, original book, literary critic and vampire enthusiast Nina Auerbach shows how every age embraces the vampire it needs and, at the same time, gets the vampire it deserves.
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Overview

Sometimes bewitchingly erotic, sometimes repellent, sometimes ravenous, vampires embody their societies' fears and forbidden dreams. In this wry, original book, literary critic and vampire enthusiast Nina Auerbach shows how every age embraces the vampire it needs and, at the same time, gets the vampire it deserves.
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Library Journal
Literary scholar and vampire enthusiast Auerbach Forbidden Journeys, LJ 4/15/92 poses this book as a history of the Anglo-American culture through its ever-changing vampires. Tracing the evolution of vampires from 19th-century England through 20th-century America, Auerbach makes a number of new and interesting observations that will undoubtedly spur future scholarly discourse on vampirology. From depictions of vampires by Lord Byron down to those of Stephen King and Anne Rice and their various adaptations throughout literature or film, Auerbach illustrates how vampires are personifications of their age, reflecting and embodying social, political, and cultural change. Auerbach's interjections of personal and political points of view may raise questions about objectivity, but her compelling assertions definitely whet the appetite for further exploration and analysis of vampires and culture. Recommended for most public libraries.-Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.
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Auerbach (English, U. of PA) looks at the meaning of the vampire in the past 200 years of Anglo-American cultural history, examining text, film, and television sources to show how every age embraces the vampire it needs. She explores conceptions of the vampire in relation to changing ideologies of power, and discusses the rebirth of the vampire tradition in queer theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226032016
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Living with the Undead 1
1 Giving Up the Ghost: Nineteenth-Century Vampires 11
2 Dracula: A Vampire of Our Own 61
3 Our Vampire, Our Leader: Twentieth-Century Undeaths 99
4 Grave and Gay: Reagan's Years 163
Notes 193
Index 221
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