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Bitten by Twilight

Youth Culture, Media, and the Vampire Franchise


Edited By Melissa A. Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz

Focusing on the wildly successful Twilight series, this collection of scholarly essays examines the phenomenon from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. Particular attention is paid to cultural, social, and economic aspects of the series and to the recurrent messages about youth, gender roles, romance, and sexuality. Essays discuss race and religion, and provide audience analyses of young adult, adult, anti-, and international fans. Other chapters are political-economic examinations into celebrity, tourism, and publishing. With new research by established and rising scholars, this volume is a significant contribution to the growing field of youth studies and complements existing feminist cultural analyses of media texts.


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Acknowledgments vii


Acknowledgments The editors would like to thank those who helped to make this book possible. Sharon Mazzarella, the series editor of Mediated Youth, first recognized the merit of a book on Twilight and encouraged us to pursue this project. Mary Savigar and Sophie Appel, our editors at Peter Lang, expertly guided us through the publication and production process. Our contributors produced innovative and compelling scholarship and were patient and willing to work through multiple revisions under tight deadlines. We are honored to work with such a dedicated and enthusias- tic set of scholars. Elizabeth H. Chang, Richard J. Callahan, Jr., and Nina B. Huntemann provided valuable assistance in early stages of the project. We are grateful to the University of Missouri Center for Arts and Humanities and the Department of Communication for providing financial support for the publication of this book. Finally, we wish to thank our families and colleagues at the University of Missouri for their support during this process.

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