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Undead Memory

Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture

Simon Bacon and Katarzyna Bronk

Vampires have never been as popular in Western culture as they are now: Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and their fans have secured the vampire’s place in contemporary culture. Yet the role vampires play in how we remember our pasts and configure our futures has yet to be explored. The present volume fills this gap, addressing the many ways in which vampire narratives have been used to describe the tensions between memory and identity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The first part of the volume considers the use of the vampire to deal with rapid cultural change, both to remember the past and to imagine possible futures. The second part examines vampire narratives as external cultural archives, a memory library allowing us to reference the past and understand how this underpins our present. Finally, the collection explores how the undead comes to embody memorial practice itself: an autonomous entity that gives form to traumatic, feminist, postcolonial and oral traditions and reveals the resilience of minority memory.
Ranging from actual reports of vampire activity to literary and cinematic interpretations of the blood-drinking revenant, this timely study investigates the ways in which the «undead memory» of the vampire throughout Western culture has helped us to remember more clearly who we were, who we are, and who we will/may become.

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Abbott, Stacey 153, 158–159, 228, 237 abject xi, 165 age ageless 100–101, 116, 183, 284 old 8–9, 94, 186, 206 teen 98, 131, 137, 158, 228, 266, 283 youth 3, 8–9, 66, 78, 94, 98, 101–102, 143, 275–276 agency 13, 102, 113, 249, 253 AIDS 68–70, 86, 206 Almereyda, Michael 239–241, 244, 247, 247, 253–259 American 66, 68, 71, 107–108, 119–122, 158, 164–165, 190, 264, 271, 279–280, 283, 285 Native/Indian 229, 231, 235, 266 New World 12, 126 Vampire League 2 amnesia 12, 113, 119–121, 214, 234, 236–237 angel 68, 89, 203, 205 Angelus 139–140, 144, 148, 150 fallen 64 Angel 142, 185, 213, 228 antiques 11, 171, 183–186, 188, 190–197 apocalypse 131, 133, 136, 141, 153 archive 5, 7, 14, 59, 110, 135, 143, 145, 148, 151, 161, 195, 233 monstrous 134, 147, 152 undead 10 aristocracy 37, 85, 133, 190 Asma, Stephen T. 133, 153 Auerbach, Nina 1, 14, 68, 71, 105–106, 109, 191, 271–272, 283 authentic 36, 49, 51, 106, 183, 199, 207 Bacon-Smith, Camille 131 Barber, Paul 27, 29, 215 Barthes, Roland 60, 176, 281 bat 2, 43, 45, 147 vampire 115 Báthory, Erzsébet xii, 9 Being Human 98, 214, 216–218, 222, 225, 227–228, 230, 233–236 Bella see Swan, Bella bisexuality 247, 251, 254 Blacula 195, 198, 208 Blade 108, 117 Blade II 171 Blindsight 106, 122–126 blood xi, 25,...

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