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: 0813153948

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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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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.

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

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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.

Vampires Today

Belanger , Psychic Vampire Codex , 37 . ... Fear of immigrants continues to play a
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Vampires Today

Author: Joseph Laycock

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

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What does it mean to be a vampire? Is vampirism a religion? Is it a fantasy? Today's vampires are best understood as an identity group that has caused a profound change in how individuals choose to define themselves. Readers will meet "lifestyle" vampires, who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend, and "real" vampires, who feel they must consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being.

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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"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."--Brian Attebery, Idaho State University

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

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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.

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Vampire legends in contemporary American culture : what becomes a legend
most . University Press of Kentucky , 2002 . 192p bibl index afp ISBN 0-8131-
2242-2 , $ 29.95 Day ( Oberlin College ) offers a cogent exploration of an
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Nostalgia Or Perversion

Gothic Rewriting from the Eighteenth Century Until the Present Day Isabella van
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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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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).

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.

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 Virginia Quarterly Review

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feeling that you're connected to those who've vampire stories such as Buffy the
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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
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American Book Publishing Record

1 ' 9384 The extravagant : crossings of modern poetry and modern philosophy /
Robert Baker . ... Papers originally presented at the conference on " Asian
diasporas and cultures " held at the National University of Singapore , Sept . ...
Vampires , genre , and the compulsion to repeat – University course A300 ,
Twentieth - century literature : Literary vampires - Vampires , film , and myth -
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In the Blood

In the Blood tells the story of the vampire Zachary Church and Adam Graham, a gay hematologist with HIV, and their budding relationship in the early era of AIDS.

In the Blood

Author: Scott Miller

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595154271

Page: 180

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An unlikely romance between a hematologist and a vampire in the early years of the AIDS pandemic is the focus of Scott Miller’s genre-defying riff on vampire legends, American pop culture, and contemporary horror fiction. Part romance, part gothic horror, part bawdy comedy, and part steamy eroticism, In the Blood crosses all boundaries and serves up an entertaining roller coaster ride you’ll never forget. In the Blood tells the story of the vampire Zachary Church and Adam Graham, a gay hematologist with HIV, and their budding relationship in the early era of AIDS. If vampires are the only ones who can't be affected by the AIDS virus, do they have some responsibility to pass on their immunity? And for someone with AIDS, what price is too high for acquiring that immunity? When Adam asks Zach to turn him so he won't die, Zach is torn. He has vowed never to make another vampire, never to subject anyone else to the horrific loneliness he has known for so long. Ultimately, Zach has to choose between condemning Adam to the tormented life of vampirism or watching him die, knowing he could've saved him, knowing that he will be utterly alone once more.

Images of the Modern Vampire

This book examines vampires as an international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire, or twentieth-century film versions.

Images of the Modern Vampire

Author: Barbara Brodman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 161147583X

Page: 262

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This book examines vampires as an international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire, or twentieth-century film versions. Instead, the authors reshape the legend into a post-modern image that is psychologically and socially relevant while retaining elements of folklore mixed with a hint of science fiction.

Folklore Forum

Chapter Two is built on the premise that " Contemporary American acceptance of
the vampire has evolved over time , built upon a foundation of ... The final chapter
paints the multifaceted role that the vampire image plays in American culture .

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