The Vampire in the Spotlight

Faculty Insight

Sue Weaver Schopf

Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

For her course The Vampire in Literature and Film, Schopf takes a look at the vampire story from nineteenth-century novels to its modern retellings in popular fiction, movies, and TV shows, assessing what makes this horror icon so 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 in this video. “It’s been a useful metaphor for a whole variety of anxieties that are inherent in the age.”

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