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Undead ApocalypseVampires and Zombies in the 21st Century$
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Stacey Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.001.0001

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‘Cancer with a Purpose’: Putting the Vampire Under the Microscope

‘Cancer with a Purpose’: Putting the Vampire Under the Microscope

(p.39) Chapter 2 ‘Cancer with a Purpose’: Putting the Vampire Under the Microscope
Undead Apocalypse

Stacey Abbott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between the vampire and science from its origins in folklore through to 21st century science-fiction cinema. It considers how the vampire in film has increasingly been re-imagined through the language of science, with a particular emphasis upon discourses surrounding virology, pandemic, contagion, that have played a significant role within the genre’s development. The chapter also considers how the blood of the vampire has, in recent years, increasingly been presented as a cure for human ailments and explore the relationship between this narrative trope and a growing culture of bio-politics and bio-medicine. Case studies include Blade, Twilight, Rise, I Am Legend, Underworld, Daybreakers and Perfect Creature.

Keywords:   Vampire, Science, Virology, Pandemic, Bio-politics, Folklore, Contagion, Blood

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