Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms

Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms

Essays on Gender, Race, and Culture

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Sixteen papers explore the cultural meanings invested in and expressed through the character Dracula and Dracula-like figures and, to a lesser extent, other vampire narratives. They have been organized into sections on tackling race, gender, and modes of narration in America; working through change and xenophobia in Europe; and imperialism, hybridity, and cross-cultural fertilization in Asia. Examples of specific topics include gender narratives in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and the 1897 novel, the Borg as vampire in Star Trek, the anti-Slavic premise of the 1897 novel, Count Dracula and the transnational counter culture in Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) as a legacy of romanticism, modernity as crisis and vampires in Hong Kong cinema, and hybridity and the "CyberZen Goth(ic)" in Vampire Hunter D (1985). Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This provocative assembly of essays examines Dracula films and their movement across borders of nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and genre since the 1920s. The essays analyze the complexity Dracula embodies outside the conventional landscape of films with which the vampire is typically associated. Focusing on Dracula and Dracula-type characters in film, anime, and literature from predominantly non-Anglo markets, this anthology offers unique perspectives that seek to ground depictions and experiences of Dracula within a larger political, historical, and cultural framework.
Since the publication of Dracula in 1897, Bram Stoker's original creation has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and filmmakers. From Universal's early black-and-white films and Hammer's Technicolor representations that followed, iterations of Dracula have been cemented in mainstream cinema. This anthology investigates and explores the far larger body of work coming from sources beyond mainstream cinema reinventing Dracula. Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms assembles provocative essays that examine Dracula films and their movement across borders of nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and genre since the 1920s. The essays analyze the complexity Dracula embodies outside the conventional landscape of films with which the vampire is typically associated. Focusing on Dracula and Dracula-type characters in film, anime, and literature from predominantly non-Anglo markets, this anthology offers unique perspectives that seek to ground depictions and experiences of Dracula within a larger political, historical, and cultural framework.

Publisher: Lanham, MD. : Scarecrow Press Inc., 2009
ISBN: 9780810866966
Characteristics: xxii, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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