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Clemens Ruthner (TCD), 'When a Narrative Really Sucks: A Brief Historical Survey of Vampirism in Culture, Literature, and Film (18th-21st c.)'
Date: 26 March 2014 Time: 16.00
Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 9
Vampirism not only thematizes 'undead life', it also sucks the life out of other texts and thus becomes the epitome of intertextuality. This talk will lead you through the different stages of the cultural appropriation of thevampireas viral mask of the Other: from the demonic "proto-vampires" of Antiquity to the spectacular historical cases ofvampiremass hysteria in Serbia (1725-32) and their 'media' aftermath which started in Austria, and then further to the first literary texts, until the narrative of vampirism as a secular cultural phantasma is fixated by Stoker's Dracula in 1897, and its current, postmodern format by Anne Rice, not to forget the various 'young adoslecent' versions ofthevampirewho is also used as a trope of immigration lately.
Dr Clemens Ruthner is Assistant Professor of German and European Studies and Director of Research at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies of Trinity College, Dublin. His research focuses on Austrian literature and culture from the 19th to the 21st century, Central European Studies, constructions of identity and Otherness, imagology, Imperial and Postcolonial Studies (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1878-1918) and literary/cultural theory. He is one of the leading vampire experts in German Studies and working on a comprehensive literary and cultural history of the phenomenon in the German-speaking world.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures
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