The Vampire in Literature

vampire

vampire, in folklore, animated corpse that sucks the blood of humans. Belief in vampires has existed from the earliest times and has given rise to an amalgam of legends and superstitions. They were most commonly thought of as spirits or demons that left their graves at night to seek and enslave their victims; it was thought that the victims themselves became vampires. The vampire could be warded off with a variety of charms, amulets, and herbs and could finally be killed by driving a stake through its heart or by cremation. Sometimes the vampire assumed a nonhuman shape, such as that of a bat or wolf (see lycanthropy). Probably the most famous vampire in literature is Count Dracula in the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

See A. Masters, The Natural History of the Vampire (1972); N. Auerbach, Our Vampires, Ourselves (1995).

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The Vampire in Literature: Selected full-text books and articles

The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Literature By Leonard G. Heldreth; Mary Pharr Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999
The Monster with a Thousand Faces: Guises of the Vampire in Myth and Literature By Brian J. Frost Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1989
Vampires in the New World By Louis H. Palmer Praeger, 2013
Librarian’s tip: Especially Chap. 5 "Blood and Pulp," Chap. 3 "Early New World Vampires," and Chap. 2 "Dracula's American"
The Vampire in Nineteenth-Century English Literature By Carole A. Senf Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988
This Thing of Darkness: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness By Richard Paul Hamilton; Margaret Sönser Breen Rodopi, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. One "Twentieth-Century Vampire Literature: Intimations of Evil and Power"
Vampires: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil By Peter Day Rodopi, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Includes multiple essays that discuss vampires in literature, including in the works of Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Anne Rice
Attention, Predation, Counterintuition: Why Dracula Won't Die By Clasen, Mathias Style, Vol. 46, No. 3/4, Fall 2012
The Fantastic Vampire: Studies in the Children of the Night : Selected Essays from the Eighteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts By James Craig Holte Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Especially Part One "Studies on Stoker" and Part Three "Modern Vampire Fictions"
The Gothic World of Stephen King: Landscape of Nightmares By Gary Hoppenstand; Ray B. Browne Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Blood, Eroticism, and the Vampire in Twentieth-Century Popular Literature" begins on p. 20
The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror By Cynthia A. Freeland Westview Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Seductive Vampires"
Sweet Dreams: Sexuality, Gender, and Popular Fiction By Susannah Radstone Lawrence & Wishart, 1988
Librarian’s tip: "Children of the Night: Vampirism as Homosexuality, Homosexuality as Vampirism" begins on p. 47
Blood Ties: The Vampire Lover in the Popular Romance By Bailie, Helen T Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2011
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Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body By Anna Krugovoy Silver Cambridge University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Vampirism and the Anorexic Paradigm"
The Gothic World of Anne Rice By Gary Hoppenstand; Ray B. Browne Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1996
Sins of the Blood: Rewriting the Family in Two Postmodern Vampire Novels By Greenberg, Louis Journal of Literary Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2010
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Dracula By Bram Stoker; Maud Ellmann Oxford University Press, 1998
The Vampyre, and Other Tales of the Macabre By Robert Morrison; Chris Baldick Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Includes John Polidori's "The Vampyre"
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