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Palgrave Macmillan

The Modern Vampire and Human Identity

ISBN 9780230370142
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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?

DEBORAH MUTCH is a Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She has recently become interested in the modern Gothic and has published an article on the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series in Critical Survey. She has also published widely on fin-de-siècle British socialist fiction.

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
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
References

VICTORIA AMADOR Assistant Professor in English at the American University in Sharjah, UAE
SIMON BACON Independent Scholar
SARAH HEATON Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of English at the University of Chester, UK
BETHAN JONES PhD candidate in Journalism Studies at Cardiff University, UK
EWAN KIRKLAND teaches Film and Screen Studies at the University of Brighton, UK
YAEL MAURER Lecturer in the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel
HANNAH PRIEST Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK
CLARE REED Sessional lecturer at the University of Reading and the University of Portsmouth, UK
KEITH SCOTT Subject Leader for English Language at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

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'A truly important collection in Gothic and vampire studies, as well as for students and analysts of modern fiction, films, and television.' - Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona, USA
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