Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture

He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, integrate current feminist ideas and the image ...

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture

Author: William Patrick Day

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081314812X

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While vampire stories have been part of popular culture since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has been in recent decades that they have become a central part of American culture. Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture looks at how vampire stories -- from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Blacula, from Bela Lugosi's films to Love at First Bite -- have become part of our ongoing debate about what it means to be human. William Patrick Day looks at how writers and filmmakers as diverse as Anne Rice and Andy Warhol present the vampire as an archetype of human identity, as well as how many post-modern vampire stories reflect our fear and attraction to stories of addiction and violence. He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, integrate current feminist ideas and the image of the Vietnam veteran into a new heroic version of the vampire story.

The Vampire in Folklore History Literature Film and Television

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend
Most received the 2003 award as the best nonfiction book of the previous year
given annually by the Lord Ruthven Society. 369. “The Dead and the Living.

The Vampire in Folklore  History  Literature  Film and Television

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Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476620830

Page: 388

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This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

Encyclopedia of the Vampire The Living Dead in Myth Legend and Popular Culture

The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture S. T. Joshi. Vampires in
contemporary popular culture haunt the Internet, where the “vampire community”
maintains an active presence. Folklorist Norine Dresser's American Vampires: ...

Encyclopedia of the Vampire  The Living Dead in Myth  Legend  and Popular Culture

Author: S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: 0313378347

Page: 453

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An exhaustive work covering the full range of topics relating to vampires, including literature, film and television, and folklore. • Nearly 240 A–Z entries on all aspects of vampirism • Photographs and illustrations of vampire films, television shows, and other matters relating to vampires • Brief bibliographies referring the reader to secondary sources on individual entries • A general bibliography of scholarship on vampires

A Companion to American Gothic

“The Psychoanalysis of Ghost Stories.” The Twentieth Century 166: 419–431.
Stoker, B. (2007). Dracula (1897). Ed. W. Hughes and D. Mason. Bath: Artswork
Books. Day, W.P. (2002). Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: ...

A Companion to American Gothic

Author: Charles L. Crow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118608429

Page: 616

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A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

Vampires in Mythology

Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality. New Haven ... From Demons
to Dracula: The Creation of the Modern Vampire Myth. London ... Vampire
Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most.
Lexington ...

Vampires in Mythology

Author: Diane Bailey

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448812275

Page: 64

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

The Last Vampire

An omnibus brings together stories four through six in the Last Vampire series--Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever--continuing the story of Alisa Perne, a vampire caught between the mortal and the immortal. Original.

The Last Vampire

Author: Christopher Pike

Publisher: Simon Pulse

ISBN: 9780671022907

Page: 539

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An omnibus brings together stories four through six in the Last Vampire series--Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever--continuing the story of Alisa Perne, a vampire caught between the mortal and the immortal. Original.

Blood Read

"Blood Read is a fresh look at an old form, offering lively, lucid insights into the contemporary explosion of vampire fiction. Nothing else like it exists. This book should set the terms for discussion about vampires for some time to come.

Blood Read

Author: Joan Gordon

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812216288

Page: 264

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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.

The Universal Vampire

This book presents the vampire as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire (such as Dracula), or 20th and 21st-century film versions.

The Universal Vampire

Author: Barbara Brodman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1611475805

Page: 249

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This book presents the vampire as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire (such as Dracula), or 20th and 21st-century film versions. Instead, we find examples of vampires from literally around the world: each culture and age reshaping the legend in its own image and even seeking psychological and scientific explanations to explain the phenomenon.

Vampires Today The Truth about Modern Vampirism

Based upon extensive interviews with members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and others within vampire communities throughout the United States, this fascinating book looks at the details of real vampire life and the many expressions of ...

Vampires Today  The Truth about Modern Vampirism

Author: Joseph Laycock

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313364737

Page: 200

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Long before Dracula, people were fascinated by vampires. The interest has continued in more recent times with Anne Rice's Lestat novels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the HBO series True Blood, and the immensely popular Twilight. But vampires are not just the stuff of folklore and fiction. Based upon extensive interviews with members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and others within vampire communities throughout the United States, this fascinating book looks at the details of real vampire life and the many expressions of vampirism as it now exists. In Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism, Joseph Laycock argues that today's vampires are best understood as an identity group, and that vampirism has caused a profound change in how individuals choose to define themselves. As vampires come "out of the coffin," as followers of a "religion" or "lifestyle" or as people biologically distinct from other humans, their confrontation with mainstream society will raise questions, as it does here, about how we define "normal" and what it means to be human.

Reading the Vampire

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 ...

Reading the Vampire

Author: Ken Gelder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134895348

Page: 176

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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.

Newsweek

"The vampire myth's power is that we can use it as a metaphor and a language to
talk about the problems of our world," says William Patrick Day, author of "
Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture." The question, then, is not
why ...

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Nostalgia Or Perversion

Gothic Rewriting from the Eighteenth Century Until the Present Day Isabella van
Elferen ... in Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture : What
Becomes A Legend Most ( Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky , 2002 ) ,
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Nostalgia Or Perversion

Author: Isabella van Elferen

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

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Page: 266

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Nostalgia or Perversion? Gothic Rewriting from the Eighteenth Century until the Present Day presents an interdisciplinary approach to an important aspect of Gothic texts, films, and music: that of rewriting. From the eighteenth-century Gothic novel to present-day vampire films and Goth music, the genre is characterised by its nostalgic reflection on past worlds, narratives, and identities. Gothic nostalgia is often accompanied by a transgressive drive, resulting in perversions of the rewritten past-the modern vampire is no longer embodied evil but an attractive dandy, while Goth subcultures reflect on Victorian aesthetics but pervert them by adding fetishist elements. Gothic nostalgia transforms the past, turning it upside down, foregrounding its background, and corrupting its order. In this volume an international group of philosophy, literature, film, and music scholars investigates the instrumental role of nostalgia and perversion in the Gothic's rewriting of the past. If elements of both nostalgia and perversion are operative in Gothic rewriting, how are they connected? How do they play out in differing media? How do they change audiences' views on the relationships between binaries such as past and present, other and self, and norm and deviation? Nostalgia or Perversion brings together the early Gothic novel, present-day female and black Gothic literature, Goth subculture and music, and the imagery of horror films and comic books, thus broadening the definition of 'Gothic' from a literary genre to a gesture of pervasive cultural criticism. The interdisciplinary analysis of nostalgia and perversion in Gothic rewriting uncovers wholly new insights into the artistic and social functions of the Gothic, making the volume useful to both scholars and students. As the essays reflect on academic as well as popular texts and media, it is also accessible to general readers. Nostalgia or Perversion provides a sophisticated analysis of how the Gothic radically rewrites the past, not as nostalgia but as a calculated act of transgression. The past and how its reconstructions break down the boundaries between real and unreal, and normal and abnormal, is examined across a range of different media, including novels, films, comic books, television and music. The essays in this collection also address how this issue shapes Gothic formulations of race, sexuality, and gender. Both ambitious in scope and focused and rigorous in its analysis, this book provides a critically important re-evaluation of the Gothic tradition. -Andrew Smith, University of Glamorgan (UK).

Mythprint

MYTHPRINT The Monthly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society Vol . 40 No . 5 May
2003 Whole No . 254 Table of Contents Book Reviews Vampire Legends in
Contemporary American Culture by William Patrick Day ( Edith Crowe ) .

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The Year s Best Fantasy and Horror Fifteenth Annual Collection

... Jan Bondeson (Norton) includes the literary and actual history of the notion of
premature burial; Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture by
William Patrick Day (The University Press of Kentucky) examines how vampires
stories ...

The Year s Best Fantasy and Horror  Fifteenth Annual Collection

Author: Ellen Datlow

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9780312290696

Page: 672

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For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, a new Year's Best section, on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture was ... Written by
Constantine Gregory and annotated by “ vampire expert " Craig Glenday , The
Vampire Watcher ' s Handbook : A Guide for Slayers was described as a “ must -
have guide ...

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The Modern Vampire

Not all cultures and folklore have specific references to the vampire. For instance,
there are no legends of vampires among the American Indians (now referred to
as “Native Americans”). What I have found, over years of research, is that ...

The Modern Vampire

Author: Sebastian Condado De Haza

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1435720075

Page: 228

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This is a guide for the Modern Vampire; therefore, if you are of the living - a warm-blooded human - you will gain nothing useful from its study. However, if you are one of the many who are new to our existence - the undead as it were - and you do not fully understand what has happened to you or how to proceed, assistance is at hand. For the recently transformed, this guide can help you understand how your body has been changed by the transformation and what to expect surviving as one of our kind. For the traditional vampire, you may learn new ways to survive. This guide provides solutions to the problem with sunlight while explaining that blood is not all we must consume for our survival. It may also help you - and possibly others of our kind - to learn and adapt to modern times while providing sufficient explanation as to who we are and, perhaps more importantly, what we are not. With this guide in hand, you will be well prepared to enter the realm of the Modern Vampire.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

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Contemporary American who is thoroughly in love with the world of Culture :
What Becomes a Legend Most , by Williterature after half a century's work in it , a
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Journal of Ritual Studies

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture . William Patrick Day .
Lexington : University of Kentucky Press , 2002 . 192 pages . ISBN 0 - 8131 -
2242 - 2 ( cloth ) . The American Theological Library Association and The
University of ...

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