Dana Gliserman Kopans to Teach Special Topics in Literature Course on Vampires
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
December 16, 2013
A Special Topics in Literature course on vampires will be introduced in the January term by Center for Distance Learning mentor Dana Gliserman Kopans. Students will look at the vampire as a literary and cultural figure. Classics of the genre will be examined and students also will pursue their own interests.
Kopans says, "The vampire, as an enduring cultural metaphor for sexuality, class struggle and Imperialism, has inconveniently and consistently refused to die. He (and, more recently, she) eerily transforms to suit history and circumstances. As Nina Auerbach explains, 'every age embraces the vampire it needs.'"
This course will survey some of the most popular incarnations of the vampire in films, on television and in literature, both classic and contemporary. These works will be considered in the light of recent critical scholarship, which takes them seriously, to help determine what is at stake for culture in the figure of the vampire.