A wild and wide-ranging "psycho-history" of the vampire.
Bela Lugosi may-as the eighties gothic rock band Bauhaus sang-be
dead, but the vampire lives on. A nightmarish figure dwelling
somewhere between genuine terror and high camp, a morbid repository
for the psychic projections of diverse cultures, an endlessly
recyclable mass-media icon, the vampire is an enduring object of
fascination, fear, ridicule, and reverence. In "The Vampire
Lectures, " Laurence A. Rickels sifts through the rich mythology of
vampirism, from medieval folklore to Marilyn Manson, to explore the
profound and unconscious appeal of the undead.
Based on the course Rickels has taught at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, for several years (a course that is
itself a cult phenomenon on campus), "The Vampire Lectures
"reflects Rickels's unique lecture style and provides a lively
history of vampirism in legend, literature, and film. Rickels
unearths a trove that includes eyewitness accounts of vampire
attacks; burial rituals and sexual taboos devised to keep vampirism
at bay; Hungarian countess Elisabeth Bathory's use of girls' blood
in her sadistic beauty regimen; Bram Stoker's "Dracula, " with its
turn-of-the-century media technologies; F. W. Murnau's haunting
"Nosferatu;" and crude, though intense, straight-to-video horror
films such as "Subspecies." He makes intuitive, often unexpected
connections among these sometimes wildly disparate sources.
More than a compilation of vampire lore, however, " The Vampire
Lectures" makes an original and intellectually rigorous
contribution to literary and psychoanalytic theory, identifying the
subconscious meanings, complex symbolism, and philosophical
arguments-particularly those of Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche-embedded
in vampirism and gothic literature.
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!