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Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil.
DAY, Peter (Ed.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2006, XIV, 243 pp.
Pb: 978-90-420-1669-9 / 90-420-1669-8
€ 52 / US$ 73
eBook: 978-94-012-0146-9
€ 52 / US$ 73

At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries

In the modern world vampires come in all forms: they can be perpetrators or victims, metaphors or monsters, scapegoats for sinfulness or mirrors of our own evil. What becomes obvious from the scope of the fifteen essays in this collection is that vampires have infiltrated just about every area of popular culture and consciousness. In fact, the way that vampires are depicted in all types of media is often a telling signifier of the fears and expectations of a culture or community and the way that it perceives itself; and others. The volume’s essays offer a fascinating insight into both vampires themselves and the cultures that envisage them.

Part I: Legend of the Vampire:
Elizabeth MILLER: Getting to know the Undead: Bram Stoker, Vampires and Dracula
Hyun-Jung LEE: “One for Ever”: Desire, Subjectivity and the Threat of the Abject in Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla
Lois DRAWMER: Sex, Death and Ecstacy: The Art of Transgression
Peter Mario KREUTER: The Name of the Vampire. Some reflections on current linguistic theories on the etymology of the word vampire
Terry PHILLIPS: The Discourse of the Vampire in First World War Writing
Darren OLDRIDGE: “Dead Man Walking”: The Historical Context of Vampire Beliefs
Phil BAGUST: Vampire Dogs and Marsupial Hyenas: Fear, Myth and the Tasmanian Tiger’s Extinction
Part II: Vampires for the Modern Mind:
Meg BARKER: Vampire Subcultures
Stacey ABBOTT: Embracing the Metropolis: Urban Vampires in American Cinema of the 1980s and 90s
Sharon SUTHERLAND: Piercing the Corporate Veil – With a Stake? Vampire Imagery and the Law
James TOBIAS: Vampires and the Cyborg Embrace: Affect Beyond Fantasy in Virtual Materialism
Fiona PETERS: Looking in the Mirror: Vampires, the Symbolic and the Thing
Elizabeth MCCARTHY: ‘Death to Vampires!: The Vampire Body and the Meaning of Mutilation
Nursel ICOZ: The Undead: To be Feared or/and Pitied
Pete REMINGTON: “You’re Whining Again Louis”: Anne Rice’s Vampires as Indices of the
Depressive Self

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