ANG1755 Vampires in Film and Literature
Winter 2010


This course will consider the development of Vampire literature, from its early manifestations in the nineteenth century, most notably Sheridan LeFanu’s 1872 Carmilla and Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula, to Stephen King’s 1975 Salem’s Lot, Josh Whedon and Karl Moline’s 2003 graphic novel Fray, and Stephenie Meyer’s 2005 Twilight.

Students will be introduced to a diverse array of texts and films which will allow for a wide-ranging discussion of issues at play in Vampire literature. Indeed, Vampire lore offers a rich and varied focus for textual analysis, including themes surrounding sexuality (particularly homosexuality), disease, social class, and death. The spectrum of works under consideration will broaden the students’ perspective on the Vampire theme and its literary and sociological influence on other works and on contemporary society at large.

As the title of this course indicates, students will need to watch several films and TV episodes; these will be shown in class but can be viewed outside of class. (Viewing time is indicated on the online syllabus.)

Examinations will cover both literary texts and films. Students should note that the works under consideration in this class contain explicit scenes of violence and sexuality.


Students not enrolled in a program in the English department are allowed to submit their written works in French. (Les étudiants non inscrits dans un programme du département d’études anglaises sont autorisés à soumettre leurs travaux en français.)

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