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Reading the Vampire : Popular Fictions - Ken Gelder

Reading the Vampire

Popular Fictions

Paperback Published: 1st September 1994
ISBN: 9780415080132
Number Of Pages: 176
For Ages: 18 years old

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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 reproducethe 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.

Preface
Ethnic Vampires: Transylvania and Beyondp. 1
Vampires in Greece: Byron and Polidorip. 24
Vampires and the Uncanny: Le Fanu's 'Carmilla'p. 42
Reading Draculap. 65
Vampires and Cinema: from Nosferatu to Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'p. 86
Vampires in the (Old) New World: Anne Rice's Vampire Chroniclesp. 108
Vampire Blockbusters: Stephen King, Dan Simmons, Brian Aldiss and S.P. Somtowp. 124
Conclusionp. 141
Notesp. 145
Bibliographyp. 150
Indexp. 157
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415080132
ISBN-10: 0415080134
Series: Popular Fictions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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