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. InBela 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 simply 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 -- embeddedin vampirism and gothic literature....
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The Vampire Lectures Reviews
Any kind of point that could be of value is drowned in smug puns. I many times found myself rereading sections over and over not because the ideas were complex but because the wording was convoluted in a way you get the impression the author is extremely satisfied with. Simplistic explanations of vampirism (seriously, not EVERYTHING is Oedipal) that are made almost impossible to decode. Sorry for the irrational anger at this book. I'm probably just frustrated over unrealized lust for my dad.
There are lots of great ideas in these lectures, but the style is a bit post-modern for my taste. Having been a lecturer for 18 years, I found that straightforward exposition of ideas generally worked best. Nevertheless, I found quite a lot that we informative here. It certainly added to my list of "must watch" vampire movies. See more at my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Don't expect a normal "lit crit" book that's easy to follow. Reading this is really like listening to a series of brilliant lectures. Best of all, there are so many seeds of ideas that you can use to jump-start your own thinking. One thing I especially love is the focus on older forms of vampirism, which seem much closer to zombies....
I had a lot of hope for this book. It was written by a fellow who teaches a college class on vampires. Neat, right? This book is so needlessly dense it's almost impossible to read. It sucks all the fun out of an otherwise interesting idea.
I saw this in a bookstore and remembered that I had it at one time. I am not sure I finished it, and in any case it wasn't memorable. Great cover, though!
I've waiting a long time to read this; I could have waited longer. Anything informative or useful was utterly overwhelmed by the irritating, superior, smug voice of the narrative.
Didn't finish this.