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The Lure of the Vampire


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acknowledegements Introduction 01 Gender and the Dracula: What's at Stake? 02 Vampire Transformations: Gothic Melodrama, Sympathy and the Self 03 Fans Re-reading the Vampire: Issues of Gender and the Pleasures of Pathos 04 The Predicament of the Vampire and the Slayer: Gothic melodrama in modern America 05 Vampire Fandom: Rebels Without a Cause? Theorising Fandom in the Field of Cultural Production. 06 Vampire Fandom in the Field of Cultural Production: A Vampire Fan Club Case Study 07 Donning Fangs: Gender, the Vampire and Dressing the Self 08 Rewriting the Vampire: Gender, Sexuality and Fan Fiction Conclusion notes bibliography index

About the Author

Milly Williamson is a lecturer at the Centre for Mass Communications Research at the University of Leicester. She has published widely on vampires and vampiricism.


'It never ceases to amaze how the undead have enlivened the imaginations of writers, film/television makers and critics. The Lure of the Vampire is a particularly animated exploration of that creative engagement. By examining in a smart but always clear style not only a variety of vampire texts but the way fans have responded to those texts, Milly Williamson has produced a book worth the attention of the living.' David Lavery, co-editor of Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 'Elegantly and persuasively written, this book analyses the vampire from its classic incarnations to more contemporary forms. In moving beyond the textual dynamics of these highly complex texts, Williamson engages in fascinating work on audiences: reconstructing the possible interpretations of the different readerships for Bram Stoker's Dracula and engaging in current ethnographic research ... While Buffy has become a minor industry of academic writing, Williamson's work stands out as a genuinely serious engagement which has something to say beyond the bland and the predictable. In short, this is a terrific book: lively, persuasive and incisive.' Mark Jancovich, University of Nottingham

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