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    Andre Gide, Nosferatu and the hydraulics of youth and age

    Segal, Naomi (2014) Andre Gide, Nosferatu and the hydraulics of youth and age. In: Bacon, S. (ed.) Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang. ISBN 9783034309387.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: 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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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 10:01
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9795

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