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Becoming Vampire

Difference and the Vampire in Popular Culture

Simon Bacon

Becoming Vampire is an interdisciplinary study of how the figure of the vampire in the twenty-first century has been used to create and define difference, not as either a positive or negative attribute, but as a catalyst for change and the exploration of new identity positions. Whilst focusing on the films Let Me In and Let the Right One In to highlight the referential and intertextual nature of the genre itself, it utilises a broad spectrum of methodological approaches to show how the many facets of the vampire can destabilise traditional categories of who we are and what we might become. This volume then provides a timely examination of the multifaceted and multivalent character of the vampire and the possibilities inherent within our interactions with them, making this study a consideration of what we might term ‘vampiric becomings’ and an exploration of why the undead ‘creatures of the night’ remain so fascinating to Western culture.

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List of Figures ix Introduction 1 Chapter 1 The All-American, Un-American Vampire: Nationhood and the Vampire 17 Chapter 2 It Made Me Do It!: Disorientation and Vampiric Objects 59 Chapter 3 What a Girl Wants: Agency and the Becoming Female Vampire 99 Chapter 4 The Vampire Survival Guide: ‘Reel-Life’ Vampires 143 Chapter 5 The Vampire in Neverland: Nostalgia and Becoming-Child 177 Chapter 6 Vampiric Invitations: Becoming with the Vampire 217 Bibliography 259 Filmography 271 Index 277

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