Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most by William Patrick Day

ISBN10: 0813192501
ISBN13: 978-0813192505
Author: William Patrick Day
Title: Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (August 26, 2009)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1598 kb
Size PDF: 1777 kb
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Subcategory: Social Sciences

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most by William Patrick Day



While vampire stories have been part of popular culture since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has been in recent decades that they have become a central part of American culture. Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture looks at how vampire stories―from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Blacula, from Bela Lugosi's films to Love at First Bite―have become part of our ongoing debate about what it means to be human. William Patrick Day looks at how writers and filmmakers as diverse as Anne Rice and Andy Warhol present the vampire as an archetype of human identity, as well as how many post-modern vampire stories reflect our fear and attraction to stories of addiction and violence. He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, integrate current feminist ideas and the image of the Vietnam veteran into a new heroic version of the vampire story.

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