Vampire Narratives: Pleasure and Terror in Fiction, Film and Television
The publication of the Twilight series is one of the most visible signs of the resurgence of interest in vampires. Modern vampire narratives span genres and audiences, from the very adult content of HBO's True Blood series, to "tween" novel series such as PEEPs. This proposed special session seeks papers that interrogate the resurgence of interest in vampire narratives in the context of the history of vampire literature: how do these texts rethink the cultural role of the vampire and the intersection of pleasure and terror common to this genre?
Topics may include but are not limited to: readings of contemporary vampire narratives, returning attention to lesser-known vampire narratives (e.g. the Victorian penny dreadful, Varney the Vampire), considering terror in vampire narratives within a historical context, or examining changing ideas of terror in vampire narratives.
Chair: Jennifer Camden, University of Indianapolis, email@example.com