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The living dead : a study of the vampire in Romantic literature / James B. Twitchell.

Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1981.
ISBN 9780822304388, 0822304384

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Subjects American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature.
English-speaking countries.
Horror tales -- History and criticism.
Horror tales.
Romanticism -- English-speaking countries.
Vampires in literature.
Description 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1981.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Also issued online.
Summary In his Preface to The Living Dead: A Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature, James Twitchell writes that he is not interested in the current generation of vampires, which he finds "rude, boring and hopelessly adolescent. However, they have not always been this way. In fact, a century ago they were often quite sophisticated, used by artists varied as Blake, Poe, Coleridge, the Brontes, Shelley, and Keats, to explain aspects of interpersonal relations. However vulgar the vampire has since become, it is important to remember that along with the Frankenstein monster, the vampire is one of the major mythic figures bequeathed to us by the English Romantics. Simply in terms of cultural influence and currency, the vampire is far more important than any other nineteenth-century archetypes; in fact, he is probably the most enduring and prolific mythic figure we have. This book traces the vampire out of folklore into serious art until he stabilizes early in this century into the character we all too easily recognize. - Book Jacket.
Contents Introduction -- The female vampire -- The male vampire in poetry -- The vampire in prose -- The artist as vampire -- Epilogue: D.H. Lawrence and the modern vampire -- Appendix: Varney the vampire.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Geographic Area Great Britain
United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)6194830
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Twitchell, James B., 1943-
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