Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: English 1110 or equivalent.
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Course Objectives: While Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) is not the first vampire story in English -- John Polidori's "The Vampyre" (1819) and Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla (1872) predate it -- it has exerted an unparalleled influence on vampire films and television shows. This course explores that influence as well as various theoretical explanations for the continuing appeal of vampire stories in popular culture.
Course Content: The primary text is the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula (9780393970128), which includes required readings beyond the novel itself. Additional essays will also be assigned, as will various films and t.v. shows, some of which will be screened in class.
Method of Presentation: Group discussion, mini-lectures, peer-review of student essays, and student presentations.
Method of Evaluation: Two essays (one shorter, one longer), a presentation, pop quizzes, a final exam, and active participation in class discussion.