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- DescriptionWherever vampires existed in the imaginations of different peoples, they adapted themselves to the customs of the local culture. As a result, vampire lore is extremely diverse. So too, representations of the vampire in creative works have been marked by much originality. In The Vampyre (1819), John Polidori introduced Lord Ruthven and established the vampire craze of the 19th century that resulted in a flood of German vampire poetry, French vampire drama, and British vampire fiction. This tradition culminated in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), which fixed the character of the Transylvanian bleman as the archetypal vampire firmly in the public imagination. Numerous films drew from Stoker's vel to varying degrees, with each emphasizing different elements of his vampire character. And more recent writers have created works in which vampirism is used to explore contemporary social concerns. The contributors to this volume discuss representations of the vampire in fiction, folklore, film, and popular culture. The first section includes chapters on Stoker and his works, with attention to such figures as Oscar Wilde and Edvard Munch. The second section explores the vampire in film and popular culture from Bela Lugosi to Blacula. The volume then looks at such modern writers as Anne Rice and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro who have adapted the vampire legend to meet their artistic needs. A final section studies contemporary issues, such as vampirism as a metaphor for AIDS in Killing Zoe.
- Author BiographyJAMES CRAIG HOLTE is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University. His previous books include Dracula in the Dark (1997), The Conversion Experience in America (1992), and The Ethnic I (1988), all available from Greenwood Press.
- Author(s)James Craig Holte
- Date of Publication30/03/2002
- SubjectThe Paranormal
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 91
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight432 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
- Edition Statementabridged edition
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