The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature

The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature

Author: Lorna Piatti-Farnell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135053376

Category: Literary Criticism

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Prominent examples from contemporary vampire literature expose a desire to re-evaluate and re-work the long-standing, folkloristic interpretation of the vampire as the immortal undead. This book explores the "new vampire" as a literary trope, offering a comprehensive critical analysis of vampires in contemporary popular literature and demonstrating how they engage with essential cultural preoccupations, anxieties, and desires. Drawing from cultural materialism, anthropology, psychoanalysis, literary criticism, gender studies, and postmodern thought, Piatti-Farnell re-frames the concept of the vampire in relation to a distinctly twenty-first century brand of Gothic imagination, highlighting important aesthetic, conceptual, and cultural changes that have affected the literary genre in the post-2000 era. She places the contemporary literary vampire within the wider popular culture scope, also building critical connections with issues of fandom and readership. In reworking the formulaic elements of the vampiric tradition — and experimenting with genre-bending techniques — this book shows how authors such as J.R. Ward, Stephanie Meyers, Charlaine Harris, and Anne Rice have allowed vampires to be moulded into enigmatic figures who sustain a vivid conceptual debt to contemporary consumer and popular culture. This book highlights the changes — conceptual, political and aesthetic — that vampires have undergone in the past decade, simultaneously addressing how these changes in "vampire identity" impact on the definition of the Gothic as a whole.
The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature
Language: en
Pages: 234
Authors: Lorna Piatti-Farnell
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-07 - Publisher: Routledge

Prominent examples from contemporary vampire literature expose a desire to re-evaluate and re-work the long-standing, folkloristic interpretation of the vampire as the immortal undead. This book explores the "new vampire" as a literary trope, offering a comprehensive critical analysis of vampires in contemporary popular literature and demonstrating how they engage
Blood Read
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-10 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

"Blood Read is a fresh look at an old form, offering lively, lucid insights into the contemporary explosion of vampire fiction. Nothing else like it exists. This book should set the terms for discussion about vampires for some time to come."--Brian Attebery, Idaho State University
The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television
Language: en
Pages: 388
Authors: Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-09-18 - Publisher: McFarland

This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore
Girls in Contemporary Vampire Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 277
Authors: Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-08 - Publisher: Springer Nature

This book explores the narratives of girlhood in contemporary YA vampire fiction, bringing into the spotlight the genre’s radical, ambivalent, and contradictory visions of young femininity. Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska considers less-explored popular vampire series for girls, particularly those by P.C. and Kristin Cast and Richelle Mead, tracing the ways in which
A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: Sherri L. Brown, Carol Senf, Ellen J. Stockstill
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-03-15 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

The Gothic began as a designation for barbarian tribes, was associated with the cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, was used to describe a marginalized literature in the late eighteenth century, and continues today in a variety of forms (literature, film, graphic novel, video games, and other narrative and artistic