This semester, when you enroll for your college courses, why not take a vampire college class? The vampire craze has still not stopped, and universities and colleges are ramping up their studies of the creature – some of the best colleges in the country are even joining in offering vampire college classes! In fact, Smith College, a top-notch women’s college in Massachusetts is even offering a class on vampires! The class is a comparative literature / film studies course called Bite Me: The Cultural and Critical Uses of the Vampire, and is already very popular with close to 100 people enrolled. Just goes to show you exactly how popular vampires are. The course addresses everything in fiction from Dracula to Twilight, and everything in TV from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to True Blood.
Here is the class course description, straight from Smith College’s site:
CLT 283/FLS 252 Bite Me: The Cultural and Critical Uses of the Vampire
Ann Jones and Alexandra Keller: T Th 10:30-11:50am, screenings T 7:00-11:00pm
This course addresses vampire beliefs and their proliferation in cultural forms since the first legends of the undead in Europe and in cultures around the world. What have vampires been made to signify? Starting with early vampire myths and contemporary anthropological interpretations, we will move historically and thematically through a range of works, considering how vampires have been shaped as carriers of history and genealogy, symptoms of religious and class anxiety, central figures of postcolonial critique, polymorphous sexual identity and addiction, and challenges to prevailing ideologies of gender and sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and immigration as cultural invasion. Fictional texts will include Goethe’s “Bride of Corinth,” Le Fanu’s Carmilla, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Baudelaire’s vampire poems, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Jewel Gomez’s Gilda Stories. Cinematic work will include Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922), Dracula (Todd Browning, 1931), Ganja and Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992), Cronos (Guillermo del Toro, 1993) and Night Watch (Timur Bekmambetov, 2004). Television series will include Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and True Blood (2009-present). Theoretical and critical readings will be central.