Comparative Literature | Detective, Mystery & Horror Literature
C217 | 6029 | Ashley Pérez


MWF 11:15 -12:05 pm
Course satisfies A&H requirement

Stephanie Meyer’s _Twilight_ series has inspired the most recent
vampire craze, but vampires have long populated literature—and the
imagination. In this course, we will trace the figure of the vampire
through a series of texts beginning with lesser-known early works
such as Polidori's _The Vampyre_ (1819) and Sheridan Le
Fanu’s “Carmilla” (1872). Readings will also include Bram Stoker’s
_Dracula_ (1897), Anne Rice’s _Interview with a Vampire_ (1976), and
Elizabeth Kostova’s ¬_The Historian_ (2005). Shorter readings will
help us formulate theories regarding the changing profile of the
vampire and the problems of detecting or unveiling the mystery of
the vampire in a narrative. One of our key goals will be to
understand the functions of the vampire in literature, and we will
examine in particular how the portrayal of the vampire and his or
her victims reflects or challenges the concerns of society at large.
We will also attend closely to each writer’s unique contributions to
vampire literature to discern what issues can be addressed—directly
or indirectly—through the vampire.  A commitment to the careful
reading of all texts is the only prerequisite for the course.