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Reading the Vampire

Ken Gelder



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01 September 1994
Film theory & criticism; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Horror Reference
This study investigates vampire narratives in literature and in film, from early vampire stories such as Polidori's The Vampyre , J. Sheridan Le Fanu's lesbian vampire tale Carmilla and Bram Stoker's Dracula , the most famous vampire narrative of all. It compares these stories to contemporary American vampire blockbusters by writers such as Stephen King, the historical vampire chronicles of Anne Rice, post-Ceausescu vampire narratives, and films such as F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula . The text places vampires in their cultural contexts, showing how vampire narratives reproduce the anxieties and fascinations of their times: from the 19th-century investments in travel and tourism, to issues of colonialism, national identity and obsessions with sex.
By:   Ken Gelder
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   295g
ISBN:   9780415080132
ISBN 10:   0415080134
Series:   Popular Fictions Series
Publication Date:   01 September 1994
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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