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American Gothic CultureAn Edinburgh Companion$
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Jason Haslam and Joel Faflak

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401616

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.001.0001

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American Vampires

American Vampires

(p.203) Chapter 11 American Vampires
American Gothic Culture

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter charts the American vampire narrative through four stages: 1) a ‘pre-history’ of its American origins; 2) the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) in early twentieth-century American literary and cinematic adaptations; 3) the proliferation of vampire narratives via their increasing celebration of the vampire as hero liberated from social convention and embodying post-Watergate scepticism of authority; and 4) twenty-first-century representations whose ironic humanization of the vampire contest hegemonic structures of race, gender, and sexuality.

Keywords:   Gothic, Vampire, American Gothic, Gothic narrative

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