Sunday 30 April 2017

Vampire fiction: University delivers literary course with real bite

Vampire tales ranging from prehistoric legends to contemporary pop culture will be discussed over the 10-week course
Vampire tales ranging from prehistoric legends to contemporary pop culture will be discussed over the 10-week course

A university is running a course on vampire fiction, offering a " seductive survey of all things undead".

Evening classes organised by the University of Edinburgh will explore the enduring appeal of the vampire in fiction and film.

Vampire tales ranging from prehistoric legends to contemporary pop culture will be discussed over the ten-week course, which begins this month.

Bram Stoker's Dracula, Anne Rice's Interview With A Vampire and Dark Dance by Tanith Lee will be included in the course.

The class will also review modern-day hits including Twilight and True Blood, asking why the vampire myth has remained so popular.

Vampire fiction is part of a new semester of short courses offered by the university.

Course organiser David Wingrove said: "The vampire is a symbol that allows us to speak about our strongest impulses.

"Our course offers a grisly but seductive survey of all things undead, with a lively interactive atmosphere of reading, group discussion, film clips and mini-lectures and more than one student has gone on to write vampire fiction of their own."

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