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216 × 138 × 13 mm
178 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780235325
Illustrations:
17 illustrations
Published:
01 Jul 2015
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The Rise of the Vampire Erik Butler

Before Bella and Edward there were The Lost Boys and the gang in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before True Blood came Dark Shadows and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Before them all there was the most famous vampire of all time: Count Dracula, immortalized by Bram Stoker in 1897. Whether characterized as urbane aristocrats, animalistic monsters or brooding teenagers, as creatures of the day or of the night, it seems vampires have captured the popular imagination for centuries. Today they are a worldwide phenomenon, featuring in everything from Jamaican reggae songs to Japanese and Korean horror films.



Why have vampires gone viral? In The Rise of the Vampire, Erik Butler explains our enduring fascination with the undead by examining folklore, literature, film, television, journalism and music. Although vampires evoke an age-old mystery, they also embody the uncertainties of the modern world: the superficial fulfillment of desires in a digital age and the anonymity of life in the global metropolis.



Whether you’re a fan of classic vampire tales or prefer the recent additions to the canon, The Rise of the Vampire is a fascinating look at our collective obsession with the undead.

‘Just to say the word vampire now is to make some readers shudder, and not for the right reasons. But reading a new study Erik Butlers The Rise of the Vampire we realise that what is interesting isnt just the vampires themselves but why they appear in the first place . . . Butler believes, amusingly, that if Twilights dark heart was properly understood, it would be banned from homes and schools everywhere. And hes right. In many unintended ways, the bloodless vampires on offer to teenagers right now are the scariest of all maybe not in themselves but in what they say about a world that sucks them up.’ — The Times


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Erik Butler is a researcher at the Yale School of Drama. He has translated many works of European literature and has written three books, including The Rise of the Vampire (also published by Reaktion).

Introduction: The Mystery and Mystique of the Vampire
1. Portrait Gallery of the Undead
2. Generation V
3. All-American Vampires (and Zombies)
4. That Sucking Sound
5. The Key to Immortality
Conclusion: Vampires, Inside and Out

References
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index