Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Blood Read:Vampire as Metaphor
Fall 2023
Taught By: Joseph Salvatore
Section: A

CRN: 14403

Credits: 3

The vampire, one of the 19th century's most powerful archetypes, has remained a pervasive influence in our culture, from the cinema's multivalent representations of Bram Stoker's Dracula to the appropriation of this enigmatic figure by fashion, music, images, and performances. As the site of familiar cultural markers of gender and sexuality, the undead creature's ever-shifting identity ironically reflects marginalized impulses hidden within our culture. From the seductive, degenerate East European count of Stoker to the androgynous, homoerotic S&M, rock star vampire of Anne Rice's Chronicles, the vampire points ot the impulses the culture fears and seeks to suppress. This comprehensive investigation of both the historical roots and current interpretations of this creature sheds light on sexuality, consumption, power, alienation, attitudes toward illness, eroticism, and views of evil in contemporary society. We first look at the history of the vampire legend, reading selections from Montague Summers' The Vampire in Europe. before reading Stoker's Dracula, along with critical commentary, and examining his appropriations from Transylvanian folk myths. We then read Blood Read,, a collection of critical essays edited by Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger, that investigates the literature of the vampire and the authors who write it. We also watch several films: Near Dark, Nadja, The Lost Boys, The Hunger, Carmilla, Nosferatu, and Tod Browning's 1931 classic Dracula, and an episode or two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:06pm EDT 6/4/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023