Vampire Culture

Vampire Culture

This is in keeping with Williamson's (2005) and Bacon-Smith's (1992, 2000) studies of female fans of vampires and of science ... Through vampire culture, women demonstrate their identification both performatively, through dressing like ...

Author: Maria Mellins

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472503855

Category: Design

Page: 176

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Unique and exciting, this ethnographic study is the first to address a little-known subculture, which holds a fascination for many. The first decade of the twenty-first century has displayed an ever increasing fixation with vampires, from the recent spate of phenomenally successful books, films, and television programmes, to the return of vampire-like style on the catwalk. Amidst this hype, there exists a small, dedicated community that has been celebrating their interest in the vampire since the early 1990s. The London vampire subculture is an alternative lifestyle community of people from all walks of life and all ages, from train drivers to university lecturers, who organise events such as fang fittings, gothic belly dancing, late night graveyard walks, and 'carve your own tombstone'. Mellins presents an extraordinary account of this fascinating subculture, which is largely unknown to most people. Through case study analysis of the female participants, Vampire Culture investigates women's longstanding love affair with the undead, and asks how this fascination impacts on their lives, from fiction to fashion. Vampire Culture includes photography from community member and professional photographer SoulStealer, and is an essential read for students and scholars of gender, film, television, media, fashion, culture, sociology and research methods, as well as anyone with an interest in vampires, style subcultures, and the gothic.
Categories: Design

A History of the Vampire in Popular Culture

A History of the Vampire in Popular Culture

Do you enjoy vampire story culture? Not so much. I enjoy some kitsch parts of vampire chic and I love Bram Stoker's Dracula 'cos Gary Oldman is brilliant. If there was anything I took with me from vampire culture, ...

Author: Violet Fenn

Publisher: Pen and Sword History

ISBN: 9781526776655

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Our enduring love of vampires - the bad boys (and girls) of paranormal fantasy - has persisted for centuries. Despite being bloodthirsty, heartless killers, vampire stories commonly carry erotic overtones that are missing from other paranormal or horror stories. Even when monstrous teeth are sinking into pale, helpless throats - especially then - vampires are sexy. But why? In A History Of The Vampire In Popular Culture, author Violet Fenn takes the reader through the history of vampires in ‘fact’ and fiction, their origins in mythology and literature and their enduring appeal on TV and film. We’ll delve into the sexuality - and sexism - of vampire lore, as well as how modern audiences still hunger for a pair of sharp fangs in the middle of the night.
Categories: Social Science

The Aesthetics of Culture in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Aesthetics of Culture in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The “meaner”3¡ vampire visage on Bu›y provides a less campy feel but does place the vampires themselves in an aesthetic that is reasonably current, part of popular culture and comparatively untainted by previous incarnations.32 ...

Author: Matthew Pateman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476606125

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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On the TV screen as elsewhere, there is often more than meets the eye. For decades, television has offered not just entertainment, but observations—subtle and otherwise—on society. This book examines the cultural commentary contained in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, a show that ran for seven seasons (1997–2003) and 144 episodes. On the surface, Buffy is the marriage of a high school drama to gothic horror. This somewhat unusual vehicle is used to present, via the character of Buffy, fairly typical views of late 20th century culture-teenage problems; issues regarding a broken home; and the search for meaning and validation. In addition, subtler themes, such as cultural views of knowledge, ethnicity and history, are woven into the show’s critique of popular culture. Organized into two sections, this volume offers an in-depth examination of the show: first, through the lens of Buffy’s confrontation with culture, and second, from the complex perspectives of the individual characters. Issues such as values, ethical choices and the implications of one’s actions are discussed—without ever losing sight of the limitations of a medium that will always be dominated by financial concerns. The final chapter summarizes what Buffy has to say about today’s society. An appendix lists Buffy episodes in chronological order.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hospitality Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture

Hospitality  Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture

Vampire media properties such as What We Do in the Shadows and Twilight offer examples of vampiric domestic spaces and how performances of hospitality ... In In Fan Girls and the Media: Creating Characters, Consuming Culture, ed.

Author: David Baker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319627823

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 225

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This unique study explores the vampire as host and guest, captor and hostage: a perfect lover and force of seductive predation. From Dracula and Carmilla, to True Blood and The Originals, the figure of the vampire embodies taboos and desires about hospitality, rape and consent. The first section welcomes the reader into ominous spaces of home, examining the vampire through concepts of hospitality and power, the metaphor of threshold, and the blurred boundaries between visitation, invasion and confinement. Section two reflects upon the historical development of vampire narratives and the monster as oppressed, alienated Other. Section three discusses cultural anxieties of youth, (im)maturity, childhood agency, abuse and the age of consent. The final section addresses vampire as intimate partner, mapping boundaries between invitation, passion and coercion. With its fresh insight into vampire genre, this book will appeal to academics, students and general public alike.
Categories: Performing Arts

Gothic Queer Culture

Gothic Queer Culture

Sookie's initial love interest, Bill Compton, is a self-proclaimed “mainstreaming” vampire, a home owner and upstanding citizen. His assimilationist lifestyle is in stark contrast with the “antisocial” vampires, who insist on following ...

Author: Laura Westengard

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496217448

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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In Gothic Queer Culture, Laura Westengard proposes that contemporary U.S. queer culture is gothic at its core. Using interdisciplinary cultural studies to examine the gothicism in queer art, literature, and thought—including ghosts embedded in queer theory, shadowy crypts in lesbian pulp fiction, monstrosity and cannibalism in AIDS poetry, and sadomasochism in queer performance—Westengard argues that during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries a queer culture has emerged that challenges and responds to traumatic marginalization by creating a distinctly gothic aesthetic. Gothic Queer Culture examines the material effects of marginalization, exclusion, and violence and explains why discourse around the complexities of genders and sexualities repeatedly returns to the gothic. Westengard places this queer knowledge production within a larger framework of gothic queer culture, which inherently includes theoretical texts, art, literature, performance, and popular culture. By analyzing queer knowledge production alongside other forms of queer culture, Gothic Queer Culture enters into the most current conversations on the state of gender and sexuality, especially debates surrounding negativity, anti-relationalism, assimilation, and neoliberalism. It provides a framework for understanding these debates in the context of a distinctly gothic cultural mode that acknowledges violence and insidious trauma, depathologizes the association between trauma and queerness, and offers a rich counterhegemonic cultural aesthetic through the circulation of gothic tropes.
Categories: Social Science

Modest Witness Second Millennium FemaleMan Meets OncoMouse

Modest   Witness Second   Millennium FemaleMan   Meets   OncoMouse

6 RACE Universal Donors in a Vampire Culture : It's All in the Family . Biological Kinship Categories in the Twentieth - Century United States If the human face is " the masterpiece of God " it is here then in a thousand fateful ...

Author: Donna Jeanne Haraway

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415912458

Category: Art

Page: 388

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Haraway explores the world of contemporary technoscience through the role of stories, figures, dreams, theories, advertising, scientific advances and politics. Kinship relations among the many cyborg creatures of the 20th century are also discussed.
Categories: Art

Popular Culture

Popular Culture

Indeed it does not, but the vampire confuses our ability to line things up on either side of the good/bad divide. The vampire culture in The Gilda Stories is multiracial, including white; it is male and female, gay/lesbian and straight.

Author: Carla A. Freccero

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479814039

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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From Madonna and drag queens to cyberpunk and webzines, popular culture constitutes a common and thereby critical part of our lives. Yet the study of popular culture has been condemned and praised, debated and ridiculed. In Popular Culture: An Introduction, Carla Freccero reveals why we study popular culture and how it is taught in the classroom. Blending music, science fiction, and film, Freccero shows us that an informed awareness of politics, race, and sexuality is essential to any understanding of popular culture. Freccero places rap music, the Alien Trilogy and Sandra Cisneros in the context of postcolonialism, identity politics, and technoculture to show students how they can draw on their already existing literacies and on the cultures they know in order to think critically. Complete with a glossary of useful terms, a sample syllabus and extensive bibliography, this book is the concise introduction to the study of popular culture.
Categories: Social Science

Draculas Vampires and Other Undead Forms

Draculas  Vampires  and Other Undead Forms

Essays on Gender, Race and Culture John Edgar Browning, Caroline Joan "Kay" S. Picart. films increasingly relied upon stock-Hollywood horror motifs and abandoned the creative mixing, matching, and mystifying of Eastern and Western cul— ...

Author: John Edgar Browning

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810869233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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Since the publication of Dracula in 1897, Bram Stoker's original creation has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and filmmakers. From Universal's early black-and-white films and Hammer's Technicolor representations that followed, iterations of Dracula have been cemented in mainstream cinema. This anthology investigates and explores the far larger body of work coming from sources beyond mainstream cinema reinventing Dracula. Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms assembles provocative essays that examine Dracula films and their movement across borders of nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and genre since the 1920s. The essays analyze the complexity Dracula embodies outside the conventional landscape of films with which the vampire is typically associated. Focusing on Dracula and Dracula-type characters in film, anime, and literature from predominantly non-Anglo markets, this anthology offers unique perspectives that seek to ground depictions and experiences of Dracula within a larger political, historical, and cultural framework.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles An Alphabettery

Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles An Alphabettery

The Vampire Connection is an interconnected haven of vampire bars around the world in the twentieth century frequented by mortals ... The majority of these bars are named after people and characters who have affected vampire culture.

Author: Becket

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780525434733

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

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An annotated cosmology of Anne Rice's Vampiredom from A(kasha) to Z(enobia)--all fifteen books of the Vampire Chronicles detailed, by a longtime Anne Rice reader and scholar; the who, what, where, why, (and often) how of her beloved characters, mortal and 'im', brought together in a book for the first time. Illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer. An Alphabettery of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles gathers together, from all fifteen of the books in the series, the facts, details, story lines, genealogies of her characters, vampiric subjects, geographical influences, and cultural and individual histories, all of which Rice painstakingly researched and invented during her 40-year career--to date--through which she has enchanted and transported us. Here are concise, detailed biographies of every character, no matter how central or minor to the cosmology. Revealed are the intricacies and interconnectedness of characters and subjects throughout. We see how Akasha (Queen of Egypt and the first vampire) is connected to Mekare (the inheritor of the title of the Queen of the Damned), etc., and how these characters connect back to the darkest rebel outlaw of them all, Lestat de Lioncourt ... And we see, as well, the ways in which Rice's vampires have evolved from warring civilizations to isolated covens to a unified race of blood drinkers led by their hero-wanderer and sole monarch, Prince Lestat. For devoted and first-time Anne Rice readers alike, An Alphabettery of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles will be the holy grail of lore and revelation for those who have been, and continue to be, mesmerized by the worlds within worlds of these beloved tales of the undead.
Categories: Fiction

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood

Bloodinaconsumer cultureis also exemplified in thenon productiveactivities ofthe vampires in Blade. ... Blade Trinity,his sense of selfhood is provoked by a vampire culture of simulations that feeds offhis image.

Author: Aspasia Stephanou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137349231

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood examines the manifestations of blood and vampires in various texts and contexts. It seeks to connect, through blood, fictional to real-life vampires to trace similarities, differences and discontinuities. These movements will be seen to parallel changing notions about embodiment and identity in culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism