The Development of the Vampire in English Literature from the 19th Century to the Present - Cindy Härcher

The Development of the Vampire in English Literature from the 19th Century to the Present

By Cindy Härcher

  • Release Date: 2015-10-12
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
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Bachelorarbeit aus dem Jahr 2015 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,3, Universität Bayreuth, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: This paper aims to explain the development of the vampire in English literature from the 19th century to the present, from a merciless evil monster to a beautiful hero. I will examine this evolution according to the already explained reasons: the use of vampires as metaphors for their age and as figures who give readers the possibility to reflect themselves in them. To form a basis I will start with an investigation of the vampires'' origins in Eastern European folklore and the figures'' entry into literature. This chapter will also include an examination of reasons for the vampires'' constant popularity and development, with view to the observations of different researchers. Based on this I will examine the selected works in three categories. At first I will take a look at the shape of vampires, mainly focusing on their appearances and behavior and their connection to the corresponding ages. The next two chapters will concentrate on depictions of sexuality and gender, and of religion in the novels and how different treatments of these topics led to changing images of vampires. Reasons for the selection of these topics will be given in chapter two. Finally I will summarize my observations and check if the reasons for the development of the vampire, elaborated in the second chapter, are correct.

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