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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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.003.0003

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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