609273 English Literature and Culture: Vampire Fiction - Monstrous Texts: Uncanny Desires and Fantastic Narratives

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609273
English Literature and Culture: Vampire Fiction - Monstrous Texts: Uncanny Desires and Fantastic Narratives
SE 2
7,5
weekly
each semester
English

Taking the vampire figure as an example, students will get a profound insight into the intersections between literary texts and (historical) discourses on cultural transgression, media change, gender, devolution, consumerism, and reverse colonisation. They will also be introduced to a wide range of literary theories, which they will discuss in relation to the texts covered in this seminar.

Vampires belong to the most enthralling figures in British literature and continue to enthral readers until today, as suggested by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. This seminar will focus on the origins of vampire literature in Gothic fiction and its developments to explore the historical, cultural, and literary foundations of these narratives. While vampire narratives address a wide range of human anxieties and various forms of cultural transgression, such as decadence and decline, consumerism, reverse colonialism, changing gender roles, and xenophobia, they are also designed as seductive narratives: deeply rooted in concepts of the uncanny and the fantastic, these narratives tend to draw their readers into potentially dangerous reading experiences. 

In this seminar we will explore the on-going fascination with these texts by analysing their narrative design, cultural contexts, and critical reception.Texts to be considered include John William Polidori, The Vampyre (1819), S.T. Coleridge, “Christabel” (1797), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, “Carmilla” (1872), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), and E.F. Benson, “The Room in the Tower” (1912). In addition to these (and further) vampire narratives, we will discuss a broad range of critical and theoretical approaches to explore the various ways in which these narratives connect to significant events in cultural history and allude to contemporary scientific and technological advancements or political currents. Besides analysing some of the most influential vampire narratives, we will also take a closer look at adaptations and appropriations of the undead, including examples from recent vampire fiction and TV productions. As our key text will be Bram Stoker’s Dracula, students are advised to read the novel during the semester break.

Close readings, presentations, group debates, group work, expert inputs

Regular and lively participation, an oral presentation, expert inputs, and a final research paper

Please buy your personal copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), The Norton Critical Edition, ed. by Nina Auerbach and David J. Skal, New York/London: Norton, 1997. Additional reading will be made available in a reader at the beginning of the semester.

 

Positive completion of first part of studies (1. Studienabschnitt).

09.03.2016
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Date Time Location
Wed 2016-03-09
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-03-16
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-04-06
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-04-13
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-04-20
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-04-27
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-05-04
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-05-11
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-05-18
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-05-25
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-06-01
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-06-08
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-06-15
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-06-22
10.15 - 11.45 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-06-29
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