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The blood is the life : vampires in literature
Heldreth, Leonard G.
Publication Information:
Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1340 Lexile.

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Today the vampire is a major cultural icon and can be found in breakfast foods, comics, television, computer games, films, and books from academic studies to best-selling novels. While readers may be familiar with such figures as Dracula and Lestat, few are aware of the range of the vampire legacy that stretches from the early nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth. The essays in this volume use a humanistic viewpoint to explore the evolution and significance of the vampire in literature. Contributors examine--besides Dracula--characters such as Lord Ruthven, Carmilla Karnstein, Stephen King's Kurt Barlow, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain, and Anne Rice's recoded vampires. Other authors investigated include George R. R. Martin, Brian Stableford, Kim Newman, Colin Wilson, Poppy Z. Brite, and Tanith Lee.

Table of Contents

Leonard G. Heldreth and Mary PharrJ. P. TelotteRobert F. GearyJean LorrahZacharias P. ThundyMartin J. WoodLloyd WorleyMary PharrJoe SandersLeonard G. HeldrethSharon A. RussellSondra Ford SwiftMargaret L. CarterElizabeth HardawayMichael R. CollingsCarol A. SenfBernadette Lynn BoskyLillian Marks HeldrethDonald PharrSharon A. Russell and James Craig Holte and Mary Pharr
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
I. The Vampire and the Literary Traditionp. 7
1. A Parasitic Perspective: Romantic Participation and Polidori's The Vampyrep. 9
2. "Carmilla" and the Gothic Legacy: Victorian Transformations of Supernatural Horrorp. 19
3. Dracula Meets the New Womanp. 31
4. The Indian Vampire: Nomen et Numenp. 43
II. The Vampire and the Modern Worldp. 57
5. New Life for an Old Tradition: Anne Rice and Vampire Literaturep. 59
6. Anne Rice's Protestant Vampiresp. 79
7. Vampiric Appetite in I Am Legend, 'Salem's Lot, and The Hungerp. 93
8. The Pretense That the World Is Sane: Saberhagen's Draculap. 105
9. S. P. Somtow's Timmy Valentine: The Vampire as Archetype and Fragmented Reflectionp. 121
III. The Vampire and Alternate Historyp. 139
10. Introducing Count Saint-Germain: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Heroic Vampirep. 141
11. Toward the Vampire as Savior: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain Series Compared with Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Zanonip. 155
12. Vampire-Human Symbiosis in Fevre Dream and The Empire of Fearp. 165
13. "Ourselves Expanded": The Vampire's Evolution from Bram Stoker to Kim Newmanp. 177
14. Vampires in Space: Fantasy and Science Fiction in Colin Wilson's The Mind Parasites and The Space Vampiresp. 187
IV. The Vampire and Gender/Sexualityp. 197
15. Daughters of Lilith: Women Vampires in Popular Literaturep. 199
16. Making the Implicit, Explicit: Vampire Erotica and Pornographyp. 217
17. Vampire Variations: Tanith Lee's Evolution of the Genrep. 235
18. Nancy A. Collins's Vampire Noir: An Overview of the Sonja Blue Seriesp. 247
V. The Vampire and the Scholarp. 259
19. Vampire Fiction and Criticism: A Core Collectionp. 261
Contributorsp. 267
Indexp. 271