A Taste of My Vampire Lit Seminar

I’m very excited to teach my dream course in the spring—an honors seminar about the vampire in literature. Biting Back: The Subversive Vampire in Literature and Film will use the vampire as a springboard to discuss political, gender, and cultural tensions in a variety of books from the nineteenth-century onwards. Although I’m a British lit professor, the class is interdisciplinary, so I’m leaving several of the projects wide open. This means that if a student is interested in early forensic investigations, she might do a presentation on the influence of the Jack the Ripper investigations on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And, the best part—at the end of the class I’m taking students to London! Woot!


What we’re reading:

Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

(Edited by my brilliant friend and fellow writer, Jamieson Ridenhour)


Bram Stoker, Dracula


Lauren Owens,The Quick


John Marks, Fangland


Anne Rice, Interview with a Vampire

Stephenie Meyer, Twilight


Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark

Nine Auerbach’s Our Vampires, Ourselves


I feel like this current list highlights the touchstone Victorian vampire texts as well as current trends in popular vampire literature. Also, Auerbach provides a solid scholarly framework for class discussions.

What we’re watching?

Episodes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Flannery O’Connor meets Bram Stoker—SO MUCH to talk about in this series.

Fright Night

The vampire hits suburbia? This film is worth watching just to see a realty sign used as a stake.