21L.310 | Fall 2018 | Undergraduate

Bestsellers: Out for the Count


[VS] Ryan, Alan, ed. Penguin Book of Vampire Stories. Penguin, 1989. ISBN: 9780140124453.

[D] Stoker, Bram. Dracula (Norton Critical Edition). Edited by Nina Auerbach and David Skal. W.W. Norton & Company, 1996. ISBN: 9780393970128.

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 Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula. Faber & Faber, 1992. ISBN: 9780571167920. Frayling Reading Guide.

Leatherdale, Clive. Dracula: The Novel and the Legend: A Study of Bram Stoker’s Gothic Masterpiece. Aquarian Press, 1985. ISBN: 9780850303834. Leatherdale Reading Guide.

Rondina, Christopher. Vampires of New England. On Cape Publications, 2007. ISBN: 9780978576646. Rondina Reading Guide.

McClelland, Bruce. Slayers and their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead. University of Michigan Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780472069231. McClelland Reading Guide.

Taylor, Aaron. “It Is the Eve of St. George’s Day.” Logismoi, 2009.

Calmet, Augustin. The Phantom World; or, The Philosophy of Spirits, Apparations, &c. &c. Edited by Henry Christmas. Project Gutenberg, 2008. 


Lord Byron. “Fragment of a Novel.” In [VS] pp. 1–6.

Tieck, Johann Ludwig. Wake Not the Dead. Dodo Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781406539295.


Polidori, John. “The Vampyre.” In [VS] pp. 7–24.


Rymer, James Malcom. Varney the Vampire (excerpt). In [VS] pp. 25–35. 

Rymer, James Malcom. Varney the Vampire (additional chapters IV, V, and XL). Project Gutenberg, 2005.

“The Mysterious Stranger.” In [VS] pp. 36–70.


Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. Carmilla. CreateSpace, 2008. Ch. 1–10. ISBN: 9781441436313.


Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. Carmilla. CreateSpace, 2008. Ch. 11–16. ISBN: 9781441436313.


[D] pp. 1–327.


[D] pp. 1–327 (continued).


“Preface” and “Contents” in [D].


No readings assigned.

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Supplemental Readings

Topic Readings


Dracula Reading Guide

Outline of Freud’s basic ideas which will be useful when we come to the reception of Dracula.

The best overall account of Freud, sober and well informed, and dealing with every aspect of his life and theories is to be found on The Victorian Web.

Browning, John Edgar. Bram Stoker’s Dracula: The Critical Feast, An Annotated Reference of Early Reviews & Reactions, 1897–1913. Apocryphile Press, 2011. ISBN: 9781937002213.

The Vampire Trope: The Larger Picture

The fullest and most up-to-date account I know of the investigation of vampire phenomena in early eighteenth century Austro-Hungary, and how such ideas were diffused amongst the intelligentsia in the West. 

Psychoanalytical schools have been much interested in vampires; here is a summary of what the followers of Freud and Jung have made of the phenomenon. 

Article from the Scientific American.

Hallab, Mary. Vampire God: The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture. State University of New York Press, 2009. Hallab Reading Guide. ISBN: 9781438428604.

Auerbach, Nina. Our Vampires, Ourselves. University of Chicago Press, 1997. Auerbach Reading Guide. ISBN: 9780226032023.

Lord Byron

McGann, Jerome. “Byron, George Gordon Noel.” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2015.

Extract from Lord Byron’s The Giaour


Literary Modernism: A Brief Guide

Popular Culture: Some Definitions

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