The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Literature

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Leonard G. Heldreth, Mary Pharr
Popular Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 275 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Romantic Participation
9
Victorian Trans
19
Dracula Meets the New Woman
31
Nomen et Numen
43
Anne Rice
59
Anne Rices Protestant Vampires
79
Vampiric Appetite in I Am Legend Salems Lot
93
Saberhagens Dracula
105
VampireHuman Symbiosis in Fevre Dream and
165
The Vampires Evolution from
177
Fantasy and Science Fiction
187
Women Vampires in Popular Literature
199
Vampire Erotica
217
Tanith Lees Evolution of the Genre
235
An Overview of
247
A Core Collection
261

The Vampire as Arche
121
Chelsea Quinn
141
SaintGermain Series Compared with Edward Bulwer
155
Contributors
267
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About the author (1999)

MARY PHARR is Professor of English at Florida Southern College. There she teaches classes ranging from Romanticism to film. She has served as a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Florida Humanities Council and as an officer in the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. The author of both journal articles and book chapters in the field of fantastic fiction and film, she has also co-edited the anthology The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Literature (1999).

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