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Our Vampires, Ourselves by Nina Auerbach
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May 27, 2009

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Helpful synopsis of vampire literature and film, from the early 19th century to 1995. One of the first scholars to take the vampire seriously.

The first part of the book, focusing on the 19th century, was the most interesting to me, being the most unfamiliar; Auerbach's contention that pre-Dracula vampires were typically in homoerotic plots is intriguing. The scope of the book narrowed considerably toward the end, with a whole chapter devoted to post-Reagan vampire lit/film; this narrowing gave the book an unbalanced feel.

Her book's central claim -- the construction of the vampire changes in reaction to the social and political milieu of the times -- is convincingly argued.
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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy Lee I was pleased when you referenced, in your ChLA presentation, the bit about pre-Dracula vampire stories typically being homoerotic; it was something I knew from experience, specifically the experience of performing in "Carmilla," a radio play based on the novella by Sheridan le Fanu. Our director was big on the history of the vampire story, so we read a few of them, and watched movies inspired by Carmilla too. A fun experience, one that made me even more interested in the history of the vampire story. I do want to read Auerbach's book at some point, so thank you for the review!

Jackie Wow, that radio play must have been interesting! I've never read Carmilla -- I'll have to add it to the "to read" list...

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