Reading the Vampire

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Insatiable bloodlust, dangerous sexualities, the horror of the undead, uncharted Transylvanian wildernesses and a morbid fascination with the "other:" the legend of the vampire continues to haunt the popular imagination.

Reading the Vampire examines the creature in all its various manifestations and cultural meanings. Ken Gelder investigates vampire narratives in literature and in film--from early vampire stories such as Polidori's The Vampire, J. 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, the vampire chronicles of Anne Rice, "post-Ceausescu" vampire narratives, and films such as F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu and Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Reading the Vampire embeds vampires in their cultural contexts, showing how vampire narratives reproduce the anxieties and fascinations of their times--from nineteenth century investmets in travel and tourism, issues of colonialism and national identity and obsessions with sex, to queer identity of the vampire, the association of the vampire with the "global exotic" and current concerns about wayward youth and the family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415080125
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/9/1994
  • Series: Popular Fictions Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Ethnic Vampires: Transylvania and Beyond 1
2 Vampires in Greece: Byron and Polidori 24
3 Vampires and the Uncanny: Le Fanu's 'Carmilla' 42
4 Reading Dracula 65
5 Vampires and Cinema: from Nosferatu to Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' 86
6 Vampires in the Old New World: Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles 108
7 Vampire Blockbusters: Stephen King, Dan Simmons, Brian Aldiss and S.P. Somtow 124
Conclusion 141
Notes 145
Bibliography 150
Index 157
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