A study that moves the changing historical image of the vampire from the margins to the heart of Anglo-American culture. Beginning with Byron and Polidori, Rymer and LeFanu, Auerbach shows how the character of the vampire offered an intimacy--often homoerotic--that threatened the class structure and the authority of husbands and fathers. Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' ended this tradition, introducing a tyrannical vampire to late Victorian readers who where haunted by a monster of their own making--the clinical version of the homosexual. She then examines a vast range of material from the 20th century. She concludes on a note of hope, seeing the vampire reborn in a female tradition in the work of Anne Rice and others.
This book is a study of what the concept of vampires means to society and how the image of vampires have changed over the years. It is more appropriate to the type of person who uses words like 'epistemology' than those just looking for a vampire book.
It contains significant queer content and has entire chapters solely devoted to the queer vampire.
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