Our Vampires, Ourselves

Our Vampires, Ourselves
Author: Nina Auerbach
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2012-10-12
ISBN 10: 022605618X
ISBN 13: 9780226056180
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Our Vampires, Ourselves Book Review:

This “vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America” examines the many meanings of the vampire myth (Kirkus Reviews). From Byron’s Lord Ruthven to Anne Rice’s Lestat to the black bisexual heroine of Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, vampires have taken many forms, capturing and recapturing our imaginations for centuries. In Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach explores the rich history of this literary and cultural phenomenon to illuminate how every age embraces the vampire it needs—and gets the vampire it deserves. Working with a wide range of texts, as well as movies and television, Auerbach follows the evolution of the vampire from 19th century England to 20th century America. Using the mercurial figure as a lens for viewing the last two hundred years of Anglo-American cultural history, “this seductive work offers profound insights into many of the urgent concerns of our time” (Wendy Doniger, The Nation).

Our Vampires, Ourselves

Our Vampires, Ourselves
Author: Nina Auerbach
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2012-10-12
ISBN 10: 022605618X
ISBN 13: 9780226056180
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Our Vampires, Ourselves Book Review:

This “vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America” examines the many meanings of the vampire myth (Kirkus Reviews). From Byron’s Lord Ruthven to Anne Rice’s Lestat to the black bisexual heroine of Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, vampires have taken many forms, capturing and recapturing our imaginations for centuries. In Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach explores the rich history of this literary and cultural phenomenon to illuminate how every age embraces the vampire it needs—and gets the vampire it deserves. Working with a wide range of texts, as well as movies and television, Auerbach follows the evolution of the vampire from 19th century England to 20th century America. Using the mercurial figure as a lens for viewing the last two hundred years of Anglo-American cultural history, “this seductive work offers profound insights into many of the urgent concerns of our time” (Wendy Doniger, The Nation).

Our Vampires, Ourselves

Our Vampires, Ourselves
Author: Nina Auerbach
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 231
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 9780226032023
ISBN 13: 0226032027
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Our Vampires, Ourselves Book Review:

Working with a wide range of texts, as well as movies and television, Nina Auerbach locates vampires at the heart of national experience and uses them as a lens for viewing the last 200 hundred years of Anglo-American cultural history.

Blood Read

Blood Read
Author: Joan Gordon,Veronica Hollinger
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 1997-10
ISBN 10: 9780812216288
ISBN 13: 0812216288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Blood Read Book Review:

Scholars and writers from the United States, Canada, England, and Japan examine how today's vampire has evolved from that of the last century, consider the vampire as a metaphor for consumption within the context of social concerns, and discuss the vampire figure in terms of contemporary literary theory.

The Rise of the Vampire

The Rise of the Vampire
Author: Erik Butler
Publsiher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2013-06-01
ISBN 10: 1780231393
ISBN 13: 9781780231396
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Rise of the Vampire Book Review:

Before Bella and Edward; Stefan and Damon Salvatore; and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, there was Lestat and Louis, The Lost Boys, and Buffy Summers. Before True Blood and Let the Right One In, there was Dark Shadows and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. And then there is the most prominent of them all: Dracula, immortalized by Bram Stoker in 1897. Whether they’re evil, bloodsucking monsters or sparkling like diamonds in the sunlight, vampires have been capturing our imagination since their modest beginnings in the rustic fantasies of southeastern Europe in the early eighteenth century. Today, they’re everywhere, appearing even in movies in Japan and Korea and in reggae music in Jamaica and South Africa. Why have vampires gone viral in recent years? In The Rise of the Vampire, Erik Butler seeks to explain our enduring fascination with the creatures of the night. Exploring why a being of humble origins has achieved success of such monstrous proportions, Butler considers the vampire in myth, literature, film, journalism, political cartoons, music, television, and video games. He describes how and why they have come to give expression to the darker side of human life—though vampires evoke age-old mystery, they also embody many of the uncertainties of the modern world. Butler also ponders the role global markets and digital technology have played in making vampires a worldwide phenomenon. Whether you’re a fan of classic vampire tales or new additions to the mythology, The Rise of the Vampire is a fascinating look at our collective obsession with the undead.

Blood Read

Blood Read
Author: Joan Gordon,Veronica Hollinger
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 1997-10
ISBN 10: 9780812216288
ISBN 13: 0812216288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Blood Read Book Review:

Scholars and writers from the United States, Canada, England, and Japan examine how today's vampire has evolved from that of the last century, consider the vampire as a metaphor for consumption within the context of social concerns, and discuss the vampire figure in terms of contemporary literary theory.

Unholy Hungers

Unholy Hungers
Author: Barbara E. Hort
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 264
Release: 1996
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951P00560128I
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Unholy Hungers Book Review:

Uses mythical, literary, and film references to discuss the vampire archetype from a Jungian perspective and explore its relevance to personal relationships

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture
Author: William Patrick Day
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2015-01-13
ISBN 10: 081314812X
ISBN 13: 9780813148120
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture Book Review:

While vampire stories have been part of popular culture since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has been in recent decades that they have become a central part of American culture. Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture looks at how vampire stories -- from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Blacula, from Bela Lugosi's films to Love at First Bite -- have become part of our ongoing debate about what it means to be human. William Patrick Day looks at how writers and filmmakers as diverse as Anne Rice and Andy Warhol present the vampire as an archetype of human identity, as well as how many post-modern vampire stories reflect our fear and attraction to stories of addiction and violence. He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, integrate current feminist ideas and the image of the Vietnam veteran into a new heroic version of the vampire story.

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire
Author: Anne Rice
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-11-17
ISBN 10: 0307575853
ISBN 13: 9780307575852
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Interview with the Vampire Book Review:

#1 New York Times Bestselling author - The spellbinding classic that started it all - Book I of the Vampire Chronicles Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. Praise for Interview with the Vampire “A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”—Chicago Tribune “Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”—Washington Post “If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.”—Boston Globe “A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”—Hartford Courant

Race in the Vampire Narrative

Race in the Vampire Narrative
Author: U. Melissa Anyiwo
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2015-10-16
ISBN 10: 9789463002912
ISBN 13: 946300291X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Race in the Vampire Narrative Book Review:

Race in the Vampire Narrative unpacks the vampire through a collection of classroom ready original essays that explicitly connect this archetypal outsider to studies in race, ethnicity, and identity. Through essays about the first recorded vampire craze, television shows True Blood, and Being Human, movies like Blade Trinity and Underworld, to the presentation of vampires of colour in romance novels, graphic novels, on stage and beyond, this text will open doorways to discussions about Otherness in any setting, serving as an alternative way to explore marginality through a framework that welcomes all students into the conversation. Vampires began as terrors, nightmares, the most horrifying of creatures; now they are sparkly antiheroes more likely to kill your dog than drink you to death; commodified, absorbed, and defanged. Race in the Vampire Narrative demonstrates that the vampire serves as a core metaphor for the constructions of race, and the ways in which we identify, manufacture, and commodify marginalized groups. By drawing together disparate discussions of non-white vampires in popular culture, the collection illustrates the ways in which vampires can be used to explicitly help students understand ethnicity in the modern world making this the perfect companion text to any course from First Year Studies, Sociology, History, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Criminal Justice, and so much more.

Dodging Energy Vampires

Dodging Energy Vampires
Author: Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2018-04-17
ISBN 10: 1401954782
ISBN 13: 9781401954789
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Dodging Energy Vampires Book Review:

Highly sensitive people—or empaths—see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level—physical, emotional, and financial. In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy. You’ll delve into the dynamics of vampire-empath relationships and discover how vampires use others’ energy to fuel their own dysfunctional lives. Once you recognize the patterns of behavior that mark these relationships, you’ll be empowered to identify the vampires in your life too. In these pages, Dr. Northrup opens up a toolbox full of techniques you can use to leave these harmful relationships behind; heal from the darkness they’ve cast over your mind, body, and spirit; and let your own light shine. In the end, you may find yourself healthier, happier, wealthier, and more vibrant than you ever believed possible.

Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs

Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs
Author: Gerry Bartlett
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-02-02
ISBN 10: 1101184833
ISBN 13: 9781101184837
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs Book Review:

Glory St. Clair loves soaking up Hollywood's vampire nightlife with her sexy Scottish lover, Jeremiah. Especially when she meets a vampire/ diet guru who promises to give her the body she's wanted for centuries. One problem: his clan and Jeremiah's are ancient enemies. But Glory's not about to let a stupid family feud come between her and slender bliss. Yet, she can't help but wonder...how much is she willing to risk for her hips? And how much (and precisely what) is she willing to lose?

Superman on the Couch

Superman on the Couch
Author: Danny Fingeroth
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780826415394
ISBN 13: 0826415393
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Superman on the Couch Book Review:

Why are so many of the superhero myths tied up with loss, often violent, of parents or parental figures? What is the significance of the dual identity? What makes some superhuman figures "good" and others "evil"? Why are so many of the prime superheroes white and male? How has the superhero evolved over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries? And how might the myths be changing? Why is it that the key superhero archetypes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the X-Men - touch primal needs and experiences in everyone? Why has the superhero moved beyond the pages of comics into other media? All these topics, and more, are covered in this lively and original exploration of the reasons why the superhero - in comic books, films, and TV - is such a potent myth for our times and culture.>

The Vintner's Luck

The Vintner's Luck
Author: Elizabeth Knox
Publsiher: Victoria University Press
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2014-11
ISBN 10: 0864736770
ISBN 13: 9780864736772
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Vintner's Luck Book Review:

A 19th century French winemaker is visited by a male angel and falls in love. The angel visits him once a year and the friendship leads to a triangle involving the winemaker's wife.

The Institute

The Institute
Author: Stephen King
Publsiher: Scribner
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2019-09-10
ISBN 10: 1982110562
ISBN 13: 9781982110567
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Institute Book Review:

A NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 SELECTION From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It. In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.” In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute. As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.

The Universal Vampire

The Universal Vampire
Author: Barbara Brodman,James E. Doan
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2013-03-08
ISBN 10: 1611475813
ISBN 13: 9781611475814
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Universal Vampire Book Review:

Since the publication of John Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819), the vampire has been a mainstay of Western culture, appearing consistently in literature, art, music (notably opera), film, television, graphic novels and popular culture in general. Even before its entrance into the realm of arts and letters in the early nineteenth century, the vampire was a feared creature of Eastern European folklore and legend, rising from the grave at night to consume its living loved ones and neighbors, often converting them at the same time into fellow vampires. A major question exists within vampire scholarship: to what extent is this creature a product of European cultural forms, or is the vampire indeed a universal, perhaps even archetypal figure? In this collection of sixteen original essays, the contributors shed light on this question. One essay traces the origins of the legend to the early medieval Norse draugr, an “undead” creature who reflects the underpinnings of Dracula, the latter first appearing as a vampire in Anglo-Irish Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula. In addition to these investigations of the Western mythic, literary and historic traditions, other essays in this volume move outside Europe to explore vampire figures in Native American and Mesoamerican myth and ritual, as well as the existence of similar vampiric traditions in Japanese, Russian and Latin American art, theatre, literature, film, and other cultural productions. The female vampire looms large, beginning with the Sumerian goddess Lilith, including the nineteenth-century Carmilla, and moving to vampiresses in twentieth-century film, literature, and television series. Scientific explanations for vampires and werewolves constitute another section of the book, including eighteenth-century accounts of unearthing, decapitation and cremation of suspected vampires in Eastern Europe. The vampire’s beauty, attainment of immortality and eternal youth are all suggested as reasons for its continued success in contemporary popular culture.

Forbidden Journeys

Forbidden Journeys
Author: Nina Auerbach,U. C. Knoepflmacher
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2014-12-10
ISBN 10: 022623052X
ISBN 13: 9780226230528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Forbidden Journeys Book Review:

This “darkly entertaining” story collection is “a significant contribution to nineteenth-century cultural history, and especially feminist studies" (United Press International). In the 1870s and 1880s, children’s literature saw some astonishingly bold and innovative writing by women authors. As these eleven dark and wild stories demonstrate, fairy tales by Victorian women constitute a distinct literary tradition, one that was startlingly subversive for its time. While writers such as Lewis Carroll and J.M. Barrie wrote nostalgic tales that pined for lost youth, their female counterparts had more serious—at times unsettling—concerns. From Anne Thackeray Ritchie’s adaptations of "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood" to Christina Rossetti’s unsettling anti-fantasies in Speaking Likenesses, the stories collected here are breathtaking acts of imaginative freedom, by turns amusing, charming, and disturbing. Besides their social and historical implications, they are extraordinary works of fiction, full of strange delights for readers of any age. "The editors’ intelligent and fascinating commentary reveals ways in which these stories defied the Victorian patriarchy."—Allyson F. McGill, Belles Lettres

The Historian

The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 656
Release: 2005-06-01
ISBN 10: 9780759513839
ISBN 13: 075951383X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Historian Book Review:

An "innovative" (The New Yorker) retelling of the story of Dracula. Told with the flourish and poise of a talented storyteller, Kostova turns the age-old tale into a compelling "late night page-turner" (San Francisco Chronicle) When a young woman discovers a cache of ancient letters, she is thrown into the turbulent history of her parents' dark pasts. Uncovering a labyrinthine trail of clues, she begins to reconstruct a staggering history of deceit and violence. Debut novelist Elizabeth Kostova creates an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful and utterly unforgettable.

Our Cannibals, Ourselves

Our Cannibals, Ourselves
Author: Priscilla L. Walton
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2010-10-01
ISBN 10: 0252092783
ISBN 13: 9780252092787
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Our Cannibals, Ourselves Book Review:

Why does Western culture remain fascinated with and saturated by cannibalism? Moving from the idea of the dangerous Other, Priscilla L. Walton's Our Cannibals, Ourselves shows us how modern-day cannibalism has been recaptured as in the vampire story, resurrected into the human blood stream, and mutated into the theory of germs through AIDS, Ebola, and the like. At the same time, it has expanded to encompass the workings of entire economic systems (such as in "consumer cannnibalism"). Our Cannibals, Ourselves is an interdisciplinary study of cannibalism in contemporary culture. It demonstrates how what we take for today's ordinary culture is imaginatively and historically rooted in very powerful processes of the encounter between our own and different, often "threatening," cultures from around the world. Walton shows that the taboo on cannibalism is heavily reinforced only partly out of fear of cannibals themselves; instead, cannibalism is evoked in order to use fear for other purposes, including the sale of fear entertainment. Ranging from literature to popular journalism, film, television, and discourses on disease, Our Cannibals, Ourselves provides an all-encompassing, insightful meditation on what happens to popular culture when it goes global.

Vampires

Vampires
Author: Peter Day
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9042016698
ISBN 13: 9789042016699
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Vampires Book Review:

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."