The Postmillennial Vampire Book

The Postmillennial Vampire


  • Author : Susan Chaplin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-01-23
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319483726

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The Postmillennial Vampire Excerpt :

This book explores the idea that while we see the vampire as a hero of romance, or as a member of an oppressed minority struggling to fit in and acquire legal recognition, the vampire has in many ways changed beyond recognition over recent decades due to radically shifting formations of the sacred in contemporary culture. The figure of the vampire has captured the popular imagination to an unprecedented extent since the turn of the millennium. The philosopher René Girard associates the sacred with a communal violence that sacred ritual controls and contains. As traditional formations of the sacred fragment, the vampire comes to embody and enact this ‘sacred violence’ through complex blood bonds that relate the vampire to the human in wholly new ways in the new millennium.

The Transmedia Vampire Book

The Transmedia Vampire


  • Author : Simon Bacon
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2022-02-18
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476643359

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The Transmedia Vampire Excerpt :

This book explores vampire narratives that have been expressed across multiple media and new technologies. Stories and characters such as Dracula, Carmilla and even Draculaura from Monster High have been made more "real" through their depictions in narratives produced in and across different platforms. This also allows the consumer to engage on multiple levels with the "vampire world," blurring the boundaries between real and imaginary realms and allowing for different kinds of identity to be created while questioning terms such as "author," "reader," "player" and "consumer." These essays investigate the consequences of such immersion and why the undead world of the transmedia vampire is so well suited to life in the 21st century.

The Global Vampire Book

The Global Vampire


  • Author : Cait Coker
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-01-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476637334

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The Global Vampire Excerpt :

The media vampire has roots throughout the world, far beyond the shores of the usual Dracula-inspired Anglo-American archetypes. Depending on text and context, the vampire is a figure of anxiety and comfort, humor and fear, desire and revulsion. These dichotomies gesture the enduring prevalence of the vampire in mass culture; it can no longer articulate a single feeling or response, bound by time and geography, but is many things to many people. With a global perspective, this collection of essays offers something new and different: a much needed counter-narrative of the vampire's evolution in popular culture. Divided by geography, this text emphasizes the vampiric as a globetrotting citizen du monde rather than an isolated monster.

Postmodern Vampires Book

Postmodern Vampires


  • Author : Sorcha Ní Fhlainn
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-04-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137583772

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Postmodern Vampires Excerpt :

Postmodern Vampires: Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture is the first major study to focus on American cultural history from the vampire’s point of view. Beginning in 1968, Ní Fhlainn argues that vampires move from the margins to the centre of popular culture as representatives of the anxieties and aspirations of their age. Mapping their literary and screen evolution on to the American Presidency, from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, this essential critical study chronicles the vampire’s blood-ties to distinct socio-political movements and cultural decades in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Through case studies of key texts, including Interview with the Vampire, The Lost Boys, Blade, Twilight, Let Me In, True Blood and numerous adaptations of Dracula, this book reveals how vampires continue to be exemplary barometers of political and historical change in the American imagination. It is essential reading for scholars and students in Gothic and Horror Studies, Film Studies, and American Studies, and for anyone interested in the articulate undead.

Growing Up with Vampires Book

Growing Up with Vampires


  • Author : Simon Bacon
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2018-07-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476633879

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Growing Up with Vampires Excerpt :

Vampire narratives are generally thought of as adult or young adult fare, yet there is a long history of their appearance in books, film and other media meant for children. They emerge as expressions of anxiety about change and growing up but sometimes turn out to be new best friends who highlight the beauty of difference and individuality. This collection of new essays examines the history of vampires in 20th and 21st century Western popular media marketed to preteens and explores their significance and symbolism.

Twenty First Century Gothic Book

Twenty First Century Gothic


  • Author : Maisha Wester
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-22
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474440943

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Twenty First Century Gothic Excerpt :

"This resource in contemporary Gothic literature, film, and television takes a thematic approach, providing insights into the many forms the Gothic has taken in the twenty-first century"--

Exploring the Horror of Supernatural Fiction Book

Exploring the Horror of Supernatural Fiction


  • Author : Miranda Corcoran
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-05-07
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429560354

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Exploring the Horror of Supernatural Fiction Excerpt :

Detailing the adventures of a supernatural clan of vampires, witches, and assorted monstrosities, Ray Bradbury’s Elliott family stories are a unique component of his extensive literary output. Written between 1946 and 1994, Bradbury eventually quilted the stories together into a novel, From the Dust Returned (2001), making it a creative project that spanned his adult life. Not only do the stories focus on a single familial unit, engaging with overlapping twentieth-century themes of family, identity and belonging, they were also unique in their time, interrogating post-war American ideologies of domestic unity while reinventing and softening gothic horror for the Baby Boomer generation. Centred around diverse interpretations of the Elliott Family stories, this collection of critical essays recovers the Elliotts for academic purposes by exploring how they form a collective gothic mythos while ranging across distinct themes. Essays included discuss the diverse ways in which the Elliott stories pose questions about difference and Otherness in America; engage with issues of gender, sexuality, and adolescence; and interrogate complex discourses surrounding history, identity, community, and the fantasy of family.

Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez Book

Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez


  • Author : Frederick Luis Aldama
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2015-03-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 9781477302408

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Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez Excerpt :

Frederick Aldama's The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez (2014) was the first full-scale study of one of the most prolific and significant Latino directors making films today. In this companion volume, Aldama enlists a corps of experts to analyze a majority of Rodriguez's feature films, from his first break-out success El Mariachi in 1992 to Machete in 2010. The essays explore the formal and thematic features present in his films from the perspectives of industry (context, convention, and distribution), the film blueprint (auditory and visual ingredients), and consumption (ideal and real audiences). The authors illuminate the manifold ways in which Rodriguez's films operate internally (plot, character, and event) and externally (audience perception, thought, and feeling). The volume is divided into three parts: "Matters of Mind and Media" includes essays that use psychoanalytic and cognitive psychology to shed light on how Rodriguez's films complicate Latino identity, as well as how they succeed in remaking audiences' preconceptions of the world. "Narrative Theory, Cognitive Science, and Sin City: A Case Study" offers tools and models of analysis for the study of Rodriguez's film re-creation of a comic book (on which Frank Miller was credited as codirector). "Aesthetic and Ontological Border Crossings and Borderlands" considers how Rodriguez's films innovatively critique fixed notions of Latino identity and experience, as well as open eyes to racial injustices. As a whole, the volume demonstrates how Rodriguez's career offers critical insights into the filmmaking industry, the creative process, and the consuming and reception of contemporary film.

Willful Monstrosity Book

Willful Monstrosity


  • Author : Natalie Wilson
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2019-12-12
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 285
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476673448

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Willful Monstrosity Excerpt :

Taking in a wide range of film, television, and literature, this volume explores 21st century horror and its monsters from an intersectional perspective with a marked emphasis on gender and race. The analysis, which covers over 70 narratives, is organized around four primary monstrous figures--zombies, vampires, witches and monstrous women. Arguing that the current horror renaissance is populated with willful monsters that subvert prevailing cultural norms and systems of power, the discussion reads horror in relation to topics of particular import in the contemporary moment--rampant sexual violence, unbridled capitalist greed, brutality against people of color, militarism, and the patriarchy's refusal to die. Examining ground-breaking films and television shows such as Get Out, Us, The Babadook, A Quiet Place, Stranger Things, Penny Dreadful, and The Passage, as well as works by key authors like Justin Cronin, Carmen Maria Machado, Helen Oyeyemi, Margo Lanagan, and Jeanette Winterson, this monograph offers a thorough account of the horror landscape and what it says about the 21st century world.

The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic Book

The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic


  • Author : Jerrold E. Hogle
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-12-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107023567

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The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic Excerpt :

Explores the Gothic across literature, film, and cyberspace, revealing how it has proliferated since 1900 as an expression of modernity.

Young Adult Gothic Fiction Book

Young Adult Gothic Fiction


  • Author : Michelle J. Smith
  • Publisher : University of Wales Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786837516

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Young Adult Gothic Fiction Excerpt :

This collection is the first to focus exclusively on twenty-first-century young adult Gothic fiction. The essays demonstrate how the contemporary resurgence of the Gothic signals anxieties about (and hopes for) young people in the twenty-first century. Changing conceptions of young adults as liminal figures, operating between the modes of child and adult, can be mobilised when combined with Gothic spaces and concepts in texts for young people. In young adult Gothic literature, the crossing of boundaries typical of the Gothic is often motivated by a heterosexual romance plot, in which the human or monstrous female protagonist desires a boy who is not her ‘type’. Additionally, as the Gothic works to define what it means to be human – particularly in relation to gender, race, and identity – the volume also examines how contemporary shifts and flashpoints in identity politics are being negotiated under the metaphoric cloak of monstrosity.

Contemporary Women   s Post Apocalyptic Fiction Book

Contemporary Women s Post Apocalyptic Fiction


  • Author : Susan Watkins
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-02-29
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137486509

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Contemporary Women s Post Apocalyptic Fiction Excerpt :

This book examines how contemporary women novelists have successfully transformed and rewritten the conventions of post-apocalyptic fiction. Since the dawn of the new millennium, there has been an outpouring of writing that depicts the end of the world as we know it, and women writers are no exception to this trend. However, the book argues that their fiction is distinctive. Contemporary women’s work in this genre avoids conservatism, a nostalgic mourning for the past, and the focus on restoring what has been lost, aspects key to much male authored apocalyptic fiction. Instead, contemporary women writers show readers the ways in which patriarchy and neo-colonialism are intrinsically implicated in the disasters they envision, and offer qualified hope for a new beginning for society, culture and literature after an imagined apocalyptic event. Exploring science, nature and matter, the posthuman body, the maternal imaginary, time, narrative and history, literature and the word, and the post-secular, the book covers a wide variety of writers and addresses issues of nationality, race and ethnicity, as well as gender and sexuality.

Post Millennial Gothic Book

Post Millennial Gothic


  • Author : Catherine Spooner
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-02-23
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441170415

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Post Millennial Gothic Excerpt :

Surveying the widespread appropriations of the Gothic in contemporary literature and culture, Post-Millennial Gothic shows contemporary Gothic is often romantic, funny and celebratory. Reading a wide range of popular texts, from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series through Tim Burton's Gothic film adaptations of Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, to the appearance of Gothic in fashion, advertising and television, Catherine Spooner argues that conventional academic and media accounts of Gothic culture have overlooked this celebratory strain of 'Happy Gothic'. Identifying a shift in subcultural sensibilities following media coverage of the Columbine shootings, Spooner suggests that changing perceptions of Goth subculture have shaped the development of 21st-century Gothic. Reading these contemporary trends back into their sources, Spooner also explores how they serve to highlight previously neglected strands of comedy and romance in earlier Gothic literature.

What s Eating You  Book

What s Eating You


  • Author : Cynthia J. Miller
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2017-02-23
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501322419

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What s Eating You Excerpt :

Divided into four thematic sections, What's Eating You? explores the deeper significance of food on screen-the ways in which they reflect (or challenge) our deepest fears about consuming and being consumed. Among the questions it asks are: How do these films mock our taboos and unsettle our notions about the human condition? How do they critique our increasing focus on consumption? In what ways do they hold a mirror to our taken-for-granteds about food and humanity, asking if what we eat truly matters? Horror narratives routinely grasp those questions and spin them into nightmares. Monstrous “others” dine on forbidden fare; the tables of consumption are turned, and the consumer becomes the consumed. Overindulgence, as Le Grande Bouffe (1973) and Street Trash (1987) warn, can kill us, and occasionally, as films like The Stuff (1985) and Poultrygeist (2006) illustrate, our food fights back. From Blood Feast (1963) to Sweeney Todd (2007), motion pictures have reminded us that it is an “eat or be eaten” world.

Women and the Gothic Book

Women and the Gothic


  • Author : Avril Horner
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-22
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748699131

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Women and the Gothic Excerpt :

A re-assessment of the Gothic in relation to the female, the 'feminine', feminism and post-feminismThis collection of newly commissioned essays brings together major scholars in the field of Gothic studies in order to re-think the topic of 'Women and the Gothic'. The 14 chapters in this volume engage with debates about 'Female Gothic' from the 1970s and '80s, through second wave feminism, theorisations of gender and a long interrogation of the 'women' category as well as with the problematics of post-feminism, now itself being interrogated by a younger generation of women. The contributors explore Gothic works from established classics to recent films and novels from feminist and post-feminist perspectives. The result is a lively book that combines rigorous close readings with elegant use of theory in order to question some ingrained assumptions about women, the Gothic and identity. Key FeaturesRevitalises the long-running debate about women, the Gothic and identityEngages with the political agendas of feminism and post-feminismPrioritises the concerns of woman as reader, author and criticOffers fresh readings of both classic and recent Gothic works