The Vampire in Literature and Culture
OCTOBER 21: THE SLAVIC UN-DEAD AND THE WICKED VAMPIRE
The first session will examine the vampire in the history and cultures of Russia, the Balkans, and Central and Eastern Europe.
OCTOBER 28: ROMANTICISM’S VAMPIRES, FROM ABOMINATION TO LOVER
The vampire will be our guide through the Orientalist fantasies of Coleridge and Byron and the haunting prose of Karamzin and Gogol.
NOVEMBER 4: CULTIVATING DECADENCE IN BRAM STOKER AND THE VICTORIAN VAMPIRE
Published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula offers a revealing index of Victorian England from Dandyism to Darwinism, from xenophobia to feminism, from Jack the Ripper's murders to John Ruskin’s art theory.
Tom Garza is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literature and the director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza is an asssociate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Texas, Austin and the director of the graduate program in comparative literature.
Suggested reading: Dracula by Bram Stoker, the first and most chilling portrait of a vampire.