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Lorrie Palmer <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:28:20 -0400
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You might also check out Gregory Waller's "The Living and the Undead: Slaying Vampires, Exterminating Zombies":
Examining a broad range of novels, stories, plays, films, and made-for-television movies, Waller focuses upon a series of interrelated texts: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897); several film adaptations of Stoker's novel; F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922); Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (1954); Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot (1975); Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979); and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1979). All of these works, Waller argues, speak to our understanding and fear of evil and chaos, of desire and egotism, of slavish dependence and masterful control. This paperback edition of The Living and the Undead features a new preface in which Waller positions his analysis in relation to the explosion of vampire and zombie films, fiction, and criticism in the past twenty-five years.
In terms of media, the richest text (in my opinion) and the one which takes the female gothic into unexpected directions is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - the 1st three seasons examine her relationship with the much older and considerably darker (on his bad days) vampire, Angel (a guy with hundreds of years of history across Europe and Asia). Cult classic, not to be missed.
Good luck!
Lorrie Palmer
Indiana University

> Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2012 03:13:16 +1000
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] female gothic follow up
> To: [log in to unmask]
> The Vampire Film by James Ursini and Alain Silver provides a worthwhile
> investigation of the evolution of the vampire through its various
> incarnations. Another study that might prove useful is Tim Kane's book, The
> Changing Vampire of Film and Television.
> vis.html?id=WuNkAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y
> On 8/06/12 3:27 AM, "Frank, Michael" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > in response to my original query about contemporary examples of the female
> > gothic, many many of you suggested the "twilight" series - which i had heard
> > of but knew almost nothing about . . . my students, OTOH, knew of it, knew it,
> > thought it a great idea, and immediately saw connections to the issues we've
> > been exploring
> > 
> > so, abandoning academic caution, i added new moon to our list of movies . . .
> > but now i need to find some useful critical material on the film [the course
> > pairs every film with a critical essay or chapter from a book] . . . normally
> > i would do a conventional search of the literature, but this is an accelerated
> > course and i need to find something really solid no later than yesterday . . .
> > so i turn to you: can any of you suggest an essay or book that deals
> > perceptively either with new moon or the series it's from, or else with the
> > larger cultural phenomenon of the vampire as contemporary iteration of the
> > brutal but sexy [brutal AND sexy?] male to whom the young woman voluntarily
> > submits 
> > 
> > thanks for any suggestions or leads
> > 
> > mike
> > 
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