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updated syllabus for Vampire class

Sept. 1:            Introduction to the vampire in literature and film.


(N. B.  On the course website under “Handouts,” you will find a chapter by Ernest Jones, from his book On the Nightmare, entitled “The Vampire.”  You may find it helpful to read this essay before the first class. You will need to login with your ID number and PIN to access the “Handouts” menu.)


Sept. 8:            Read Polidori’s THE VAMPYRE (1819), Coleridge’s poem “Christabel,”

(wr. 1797-1800; publ. 1816), and Lord Byron’s “Fragment of a Novel” (wr. 1816, publ. 1819) in THREE VAMPIRE TALES


[**Optional post-class films begin tonight (Harvard Hall 103):  F. W.  Murnau’s NOSFERATU, 1922, with Max Schreck (84 minutes)]—also recommended:  Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake of NOSFERATU with Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani (96 minutes)]


Sept. 15:          Read Le Fanu’s CARMILLA (1872) in THREE VAMPIRE TALES


[Post-Class Film:  Hammer Films’ (highly embarrassing) THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, 1970, dir. by Roy Ward Baker, starring no one you’ve ever heard of except perhaps Peter Cushing (based on LeFanu’s CARMILLA, 91 minutes)]


Sept. 22:          Read Stoker’s DRACULA (1897), pages 149-310, in THREE VAMPIRE TALES


[Post-Class Film: DRACULA, 1931, dir. by Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi (75 minutes); also recommended--HORROR OF DRACULA, 1958, dir. by Terence Fisher, with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing (82 minutes)]


Sept. 29:          Read Stoker’s DRACULA, pages 310-460


[Post-Class Film:  COUNT DRACULA, 1977, BBC Production, with Louis Jourdan, 150 minutes, absolutely the best, most faithful dramatization of Stoker’s novel yet made.]


Oct. 6:              Read Rice’s INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1976)


[Post-Class Film:  INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, 1994, directed by Neil Jordan, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt (123 minutes); also recommended-- QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, 2002, dir. by Michael Rymer, with Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend (101 minutes)]


Oct. 13:            Read Hamilton’s GUILTY PLEASURES (1993)


[Post-Class Film: DRACULA, 1979, dir. John Badham, with Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Kate Nelligan (109 minutes); also recommended—BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, 1992, dir. by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Wynona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves (128 minutes)]


Oct. 20:            Read Holland’s LORD OF THE DEAD (1995)


[Post-Class Film:  NEAR DARK, 1987, dir. Kathryn Bigelow, with Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Bill Paxton (94 minues); also recommended--THE LOST BOYS, 1987, dir. Joel Schumacher, with Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric (97 minutes)]


Oct. 27:            Read Harris’s DEAD UNTIL DARK (2001)


[Post-Class Film: TRUE BLOOD, 2008, season 1, episode 1-2, HBO presentation, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin (120 minutes); also recommended—BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the “Dracula” episode, 2000, with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Season 5, episode 1 (42 minutes)]


Nov. 3:            Read Harrison’s DEAD WITCH WALKING (2004)


[Post-Class Film:  THE ADDICTION, 1995, dir. by Abel Ferrara, with Lili Taylor and Christopher Walken (82 minutes; also recommended—THE HUNGER, 1983, dir. by Tony Scott, with David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon (97 minutes)]


Nov. 10:           Read Lindqvist’s LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2004)


[Post-Class Film:  LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, 2008, dir. by Tomas Alfredson,with Kare Hedebrant, Lena Leandersson (115 minutes)]


Nov. 17:           Read Meyer’s TWILIGHT (2005)


[Post-Class Film:  TWILIGHT, 2008, dir. by Catherine Hardwicke, with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner (122 minutes)]


Nov. 24:           Thanksgiving break


Dec. 1:             Read Kostova’s THE HISTORIAN (2005)

[Post-Class Film:  BLADE TRINITY, 2004, dir. by David Goyer, with Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Dominic Purcell, Ryan Reynolds, and Parker Posey (122 minutes)]


Dec. 8:             Read Caine’s GLASS HOUSES (2006)                      


[Post-Class Film: DAYBREAKERS, released 2010, dir. by Michael and Peter Spierig, with Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill (98 minutes)]


Dec. 15:           Read Grahame-Smith’s ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (2010).  Summary and Conclusions.

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