This essay was written by a student taking a final year module entitled ‘Gothic Literature 1790s–1900’ taught by me at the University of Glamorgan. The module looks at a number of texts which are referred to in this book, and seminar discussion of them also shaped some of the ideas in the submitted essays (such as here, for example, in a brief discussion of social and psychological incompletion in Christabel and some references to rationality in Lamia). However, this is a model essay for a number of reasons and it achieved a passing grade of first class (although not at the top of that range, for reasons which will be explained in the Commentary). Paragraphs are numbered for ease of reference.
[§ 1] Images of vampirism can be found in ‘Vampire legends [that] appear nearly everywhere’ (Punter and Byron, 2004, p. 268), dating as far back as the vampiric lamia of Greek Mythology. However, the vampire initially makes its appearance in English Literature during the eighteenth century, where early images of vampirism can be found in poetry, such as Goethe’s ‘The Bride of Corinth’ (1797). Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819) signifies the entry of the vampire into prose fiction shortly afterward, early in the nineteenth century,