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The Living and the Undead : Slaying Vampires, Exterminating Zombies - Gregory A. Waller

The Living and the Undead

Slaying Vampires, Exterminating Zombies

Paperback Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9780252077722
Number Of Pages: 400

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With a legacy stretching back into legend and folklore, the vampire in all its guises haunts the film and fiction of the twentieth century and remains the most enduring of all the monstrous threats that roam the landscapes of horror. In "The Living and the Undead, " Gregory A. Waller shows why this creature continues to fascinate us and why every generation reshapes the story of the violent confrontation between the living and the undead to fit new times. Examining a broad range of novels, stories, plays, films, and made-for-television movies, Waller focuses upon a series of interrelated texts: Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897); several film adaptations of Stoker's novel; F. W. Murnau's "Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror" (1922); Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" (1954); Stephen King's "'Salem's Lot" (1975); Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu the Vampyre" (1979); and George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) and "Dawn of the Dead" (1979). All of these works, Waller argues, speak to our understanding and fear of evil and chaos, of desire and egotism, of slavish dependence and masterful control. This paperback edition of "The Living and the Undead" features a new preface in which Waller positions his analysis in relation to the explosion of vampire and zombie films, fiction, and criticism in the past twenty-five years.

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"A fascinating account of the changing trends in vampire fiction ...People truly interested in horror literature and films will find Waller's book invaluable." West Coast Review of Books "Highly recommended as a source book for those interested in the horror genre. In addition, Waller's book provides a critical abundance of empirical data for any scholar concerned with genre studies, history, adaptation, narrativity, and intertextuality." Wide Angle

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Stories of the Living and the Undeadp. 3
The Moral Community and the King-Vampire
Into the Twentieth Centuryp. 29
Dracula Retold
Dracula: The Vampire Play (1927), Dracula (1931), and Dracula (1979)p. 77
Horror of Dracula, Hammer's Dracula Films, El Conde Draculap. 113
Dracula (1973) and Count Dracula (1977)p. 146
The Sacrifice of the Pure-Hearted Seer
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror and Nosferatu the Vampyrep. 177
Legions of the Undead
The Invasion of Americap. 233
Land of the Living Deadp. 272
Resolution, Violence, Survivalp. 331
Appendix: Précis of Dracula: The Vampire Playp. 361
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780252077722
ISBN-10: 0252077725
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57