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The Modern Vampire and Human Identity


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Why are we surrounded by vampires in the twenty-first century? From the global phenomena of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse, through films such as Underworld and Blade, television series such as The Vampire Diaries and Being Human, to video games like Bloodrayne and Legacy of Kain, the reader, viewer and player has never had so many vampires to choose from. This collection considers the importance of the current flurry of vampires for our sense of human identity. Vampires have long been read as bodies through which our sense of ourselves has been reflected back to us. The essays offer readings of the modern vampire as a complex consideration of our modern human selves. Now that we no longer see the vampire as essentially evil, what does that say about us?

About the Author

DEBORAH MUTCH is senior lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at DeMontfort University, UK. She is author of English Socialist Periodicals, 1880-1900: A Reference Source (Ashgate, 2005) and has published articles in a range of journals including Literature and History, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Nineteenth Century Studies.

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Introduction 'A Swarm of Chuffing Draculas': the Vampire in English and American Literature; D.Mutch

Blood, Bodies, Books: Kim Newman and the Vampire as Cultural Text; K.Scott

Buffy vs. Bella: Gender, Relationships and the Modern Vampire; B.Jones

'Hell! Was I Becoming a Vampyre Slut?': Sex, Sexuality and Morality in Young Adult Vampire Fiction; H.Priest

Consuming Clothes and Dressing Desire in the Twilight Series; S.Heaton

Whiteness and the Contemporary Vampire in Film and Television; E.Kirkland

The Vampiric Diaspora: The Complications of Victim Hood and Post-Memory as Configured in the Jewish Migrant Vampire; S.Bacon

Vampires and Gentiles: Jews, Mormons and Embracing the Other; C.Reed

Transcending the Massacre: Vampire Mormons in the Twilight Series; Y.Maurer

The Gothic Louisiana of Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice; V.Amador

Matt Haig's The Radleys: Vampires for the Neoliberal Age; D.Mutch


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Mutch, Deborah (edt)
Palgrave MacMillan
Mutch, Deborah
Film - General
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