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SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE: LITERATURE AND THE POPULAR CULT(URE) OF THE VAMPIRE (CUL-224404)

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Course Description:


The vampire, as an enduring cultural metaphor for sexuality, class struggle, and Imperialism, has inconveniently and consistently refused to die. He (and, more recently, she) eerily transforms to suit history and circumstances: as Nina Auerbach explains, “every age embraces the vampire it needs.” Spanning from Stoker's hideous Count Dracula to the pretty, sparkly vampires of the Twilightseries, we will survey some of the most popular incarnations of the vampire in literature, television, and film. After reading some of the classics of the genre, students will choose their favorite works and consider them in the light of recent critical scholarship which takes them seriously, to help us decide what is at stake for our culture in the figure of the vampire.

This course is 4 credits, advanced and liberal. There are no prerequites for this course.
Please note: Special Topics in Literature may be repeated for credit with different topics.

This course fully meets the General Education requirements in Humanities.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Sep.

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