Theorizing Twilight: Critical Essays on What’s at Stake in a Post-Vampire World

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Maggie Parke, Natalie Wilson
McFarland, Jul 28, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 253 pages
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Since the publication of Twilight in 2005, Stephenie Meyer’s four-book saga about the tortured relationship between human heroine Bella Swan and her vampire love Edward Cullen has become a world-wide sensation—inciting screams of delight, sighs of derision, and fervent pronouncements. Those looking deeper into its pages and on screen can find intriguing subtexts about everything from gender, race, sexuality, and religion. The 15 essays in this book examine the texts, the films, and the fandom, exploring the series’ cultural reach and offering one of the first thorough analyses of the saga.

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Theorizing Twilight is the latest in a long line of books that cast a critical eye on popular culture. This is the first such book I've read like this, even though I'm a bit of a geek and love many ... Read full review

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Per the trend started with the widespread release of the Lord of the Rings films and the success of Harry Potter, Theorizing Twilight is an academic breakdown of the deeper themes, trends, and symbols ... Read full review


Part I Twilight as Pop Cultural Artifact
Part II Once Upon a Twilight
Part III Twilight Through an Intersectional Lens
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Maggie Parke completed her doctorate in film and digital media at Bangor University, Wales. She has published in the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds and is currently the head of development for Elfin Productions and a freelance consultant for fan management and script development. Natalie Wilson pens one of the only academic blogs analyzing Twilight and its cultural impact. She teaches at Cal State San Marcos in the Department of Literature and Writing and in the women’s studies program.

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