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The Vampire Lectures - Laurence A. Rickels

Paperback Published: 15th September 1999
ISBN: 9780816633920
Number Of Pages: 384

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Bela Lugosi may -- as the eighties gothic rock band Bauhaus sang -- be dead, but the vampire lives on. A nightmarish figure dwelling somewhere between genuine terror and high camp, a morbid repository for the psychic projections of diverse cultures, an endlessly recyclable mass-media icon, the vampire is an enduring object of fascination, fear, ridicule, and reverence. In The Vampire Lectures, Laurence A. Rickels sifts through the rich mythology of vampirism, from medieval folklore to Marilyn Manson, to explore the profound and unconscious appeal of the undead.

Based on the course Rickels has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for several years (a course that is itself a cult phenomenon on campus), The Vampire Lectures reflects Rickels's unique lecture style and provides a lively history of vampirism in legend, literature, and film. Rickels unearths a trove that includes eyewitness accounts of vampire attacks; burial rituals and sexual taboos devised to keep vampirism at bay; Hungarian countess Elisabeth Bathory's use of girls' blood in her sadistic beauty regimen; Bram Stoker's Dracula, with its turn-of-the-century media technologies; F. W. Murnau's haunting Nosferatu; and crude, though intense, straight-to-video horror films such as Subspecies. He makes intuitive, often unexpected connections among these sometimes wildly disparate sources.

More than simply a compilation of vampire lore, however, The Vampire Lectures makes an original and intellectually rigorous contribution to literary and psychoanalytic theory, identifying the subconscious meanings, complex symbolism, and philosophical arguments -- particularly those of Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche -- embeddedin vampirism and gothic literature.

In My Prefacep. ix
p. 1
Histories of Vampirism, Stoker, Rice, Middle Ages, Eighteenth Century
Alcoholics, Dead Bachelors, Heretics, and Suicides, among Other Candidates for Vampiric Comeback
Sexology or Cryptology
Succubus, Incubus
Blood, Andy Warhol Presents Dracula and The Fearless Vampire Killers
Antiquity, Inquisition, Vlad the Impaler, Countess Bathory
p. 15
Eighteenth-Century Vampirism Epidemic in Eastern Europe, Journalistic and Scholarly Responses
The Plague, Discovery of Circulation, Psychoanalysis
Medical Explanations
Death's Makeover in the Eighteenth Century, Live Burial
p. 26
Stoker's Dracula
The Castle inside Him
The Lady's Lost Letters
Technologization and Group Psychologization
Horror of Dracula
"Dracula's Guest"
p. 40
Stoker's Dracula
Totem and Taboo
Incest Is the Law
The Two Women, the Golden Lady, Hair Color Change, the New Woman
p. 51
Fourth of July
Mina's Gadget Love
The Telegraph
Cargo Cult
The Cemetery in Whitby
Burial Service
Dracula's Daughter and Nadja
The Recorded Voice versus the Mass of Typewriting
p. 64
Double, Insurance, Substitution
Photography and the Mummy
Cinema, Cannibalism, and Melancholia
Back Home
Mirror Stage
Spider Woman or Phallic Mother
Ewers's "The Spider"
The Tenant
"The Antimacassar"
From Dusk till Dawn
p. 77
Station Identification
"The Horla"
The Force of Invisibility and Posthypnotic Suggestion
"Human Remains" and Face Value
Vampire's Kiss
"Doom of the House of Duryea"
p. 90
The Double Genealogy
The Black Cat and Universal Soldier
Murnau's Nosferatu
Nina's Vampire Bond
Release from Empty Circulation
Herzog's Nosferatu
Not Seeing
p. 99
Bad Smell
The Lair of the White Worm
Opportunistic Diagnosis and "The Man Who Loved the Vampire Lady"
p. 111
Postal Pathology
Espionage and Psychological Warfare
Where the Technology Goes When We Go to the Movies
Interview with the Vampire and Bram Stoker's Dracula
p. 118
Browning's Dracula and the Bicoastal Count
Deane and Balderston's Dracula or the Red-Eye Special
Lugosi's and Stoker's Lives and Plan Nine from Outer Space
p. 131
"Dragula" or "TV"
Famous Impostors
Browning, Chaney, Lugosi
Ed Wood Jr.'s Glen or Glenda, Killer in Drag, Death of a Transvestite
The Great-Nephew
p. 147
"For the Blood Is the Life" and the Miscarriage of the Antibody
"Four Wooden Stakes" and the Mother Is a Tramp
"Clarimonde" plus One Is Nun
"Restless Souls" and Killing the Dead
"The Sad Story of a Vampire" and Mama's Boy
"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes" and Feedback
p. 160
Le Fanu and "Carmilla"
The Schloss
The Name That Must Not Vary
Supplying the Loss of Mother
The Hunger
Daughters of Darkness
p. 173
Dreyer's Vampyr
"Taboo upon the Dead"
Painting versus Film
"Revelations in Black" and Blue
The Vampire Tapestry
p. 189
Stephen King's Mass
'Salem's Lot and Danse Macabre
Ghost-busting and Nazi Hunting in Salem's Lot and A Return to Salem's Lot
p. 201
"They Bite" Big Time
"The Vampire" and Death Is a Painter of Portraits
"The Room in the Tower" and "Mrs. Amworth"
The Lost Boys
Peter Pan
The Case of California
The Gulf War
Role Playing
p. 219
Near Dark
"The Tomb of Sarah" and Father Knows Best
The Wolfman and the Living Dad
I Was a Teenage Were-wolf or Totem Becomes Mascot
The Thing with Vampire Vegetables
"Who Goes There?"
p. 234
Burial Practice, Embalming
Freund's The Mummy
Strobl's "The Tomb of Pere Lachaise"
The Unwrapping of Mummy Came First
Stoker's The Jewel of Seven Stars
The Great Experiment, the Unconscious Father, Her Hand in Marriage
p. 249
Polidori's The Vampyre
Archaeology and Autoanalysis
Missing Persons
"Return of the Undead"
Blood of Dracula and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
p. 264
Varney the Vampyre
Group Psychology and the Quotation Marx of Vampirism
Neighborly Love
Vampire Plays by Boucicault and Reece
p. 277
Mary Shelley and Frankenstein
Whale's Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein
p. 287
The Show of Grief
Public and Secret Identification
The Ghost-writer's Preface
Death Wish Fulfillment
William's Murder, Victor's Vampire
The Mother's Portrait
Elizabeth Is the Killer-Substitute
The Alma Mater
Elizabeth Must Die
The Missing Grave
The Monster Mourns
Why Victor Can't Make the Mate
In Love with Electricity
Teenage Frankenstein
p. 304
Drag Race of Mourning and the Finish Line of AIDS
Son of Frankenstein
Andy Warhol Presents Frankenstein
Body Parts on the Reassembly Line
Vampire Detectives
Pale Blood and Three Subspecies
Good Citizens or Suicides?
Interview with the Vampire
Lost Love
Life Sucks
What's God Got to Do with It?
Life Is Killing
The Death Cult of Childhood
Casper and Doyle's Spiritism
p. 326
"It Was"
Eternal Return
Third-Person Pronouns
The Law of Pleasure
p. 335
Innocent Blood
The Vampire Lestat
Relocation of Graves
The Theatre des Vampires
Sacrificial Drive
Maternal Subcultures
Origin of Vampirism
Incest Is the Law
Rock Music
The Queen of the Damned
Referencesp. 351
Filmographyp. 357
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ISBN: 9780816633920
ISBN-10: 0816633924
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 15th September 1999
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54