ENG-1090 FYS: The Vampyre in Western Culture

3 credits

Prerequisite: Open to Freshman only

This course focuses on the vampire in Western culture in order to ask the questions: "How and why does a culture create outsiders, exiles, and scapegoats?" "Why has the vampire become a figure that fires our imaginations, our fears, and our desires?" We will consider folklore, history, geography, literature, and film to study the cultural appeal of the vampire from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century,although the majority of the course will focus on the latter part of this chronology. We will also examine a selection of medical and psychological theories to gain insight into why the vampire has remained a figure of attraction (or revulsion) for centuries. This is a first-year seminar course and meets the First-Year Seminar requirement of the GECC.