The Vampire in the Spotlight
Faculty member Sue Weaver Schopf takes a look at the vampire story from nineteenth-century novels to its modern retellings in popular fiction, movies, and TV shows. In the class The Vampire in Literature and Film, she plunges into the heart of what makes this horror monster so startlingly attractive.
“The vampire story has been used by authors and filmmakers alike as an encoded way of talking about a lot of things besides vampirism,” says Schopf. “It’s been a useful metaphor for a whole variety of anxieties that are inherent in the age.”
In the video below Schopf explains why it’s the perfect time to shed some light on this nighttime creature.
Want to know more?
- Schopf shares more about the course on YouTube.
- Read Schopf’s faculty biography
- Read her interview in the Boston Globe
- The Vampire in Literature and Film Schopf’s Freethink@Harvard lecture
- See the course descriptions for Schopf’s courses Darwin’s On The Origin of Species and the Reshaping of the Victorian Novel and The Makers of Modern Poetry
- Other English literature and film courses offered this year
- Master of Liberal Arts in 19 fields
- Undergraduate Degree Program