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HUM-2070-VO01X - The Vampire in Literature, Culture & Film

Synonym: 172464
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 05-22-2018 to 07-09-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 05-30-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 06-19-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Martha Lance | View Faculty Credentials
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
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Course Description:

In this course, students will examine the role of the vampire in literature, film and popular culture. More than any other archetypal figure, American popular culture is infused with images of the vampire. This course explores the origins of the vampire myth, its transformation into literary legend, its cultural and social significance, and its inception in literature, film, advertisements, television and music, as well as its broader cultural significance in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Essential Objectives:

1. Critically read, view, analyze, and evaluate selected works that employ and re-envision the vampire as an archetypal character.
2. Describe the cultural and historical context of vampire mythology and draw connections between its origins and its role in popular culture.
3. Describe the distinctive characteristics of vampire literature and film in terms of character, plot, imagery, setting, point of view, and symbolism.
4. Identify figurative uses of language such as irony, metaphor, and personification, and explain how they inform the meaning of works that feature the vampire.
5. Explore the role of individual artists, filmmakers, and writers in shaping the vampire into an iconic figure in American popular culture.
6. Write short reaction papers and analyses of selected literature and films.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Welcome to HUM 2070: Vampire Literature, Culture and Film

This course explores our enduring fascination with the undead, the historical evolution of the vampire legends in film and literature, archaeological evidence for vampires and how historic cultures have physically responded to suspected vampires, and the roles vampires play in pop culture.  We will end the class examining modern “vampires” who will share their beliefs and rituals with us.

During this class, you will become a contributing member of our forensics team of vampire detectives looking for historical and cultural evidence to uncover how perceptions and cultural beliefs shift across time and space. 

Important questions we will consider:
1.    Why is there this enduring fascination of the undead? Be prepared to share your own reasons for your interest in this subject.
2.    How did the legend/belief in vampires take shape over time and space?
3.    How has the legend and belief in vampires changed over time?
4.    How are vampires presented in popular culture? As sexual seducers? As monsters? As heroes and protectors? As drainers of life and energy?
5.    How do vampires serve as cultural metaphors for a variety of issues?
6.    What is the role of the vampire slayer through time and space?

Learning Objectives:
1.    Comprehend why vampires continue to fascinate us.
2.    Utilize a multi-discipline approach employing methods from folklore, archaeology, anthropology, history, and film studies.
3.    Uncover the changing symbolism and cultural responses to vampires.
4.    Appreciate your own cultural response to this fascinating subject.
5.    Students will become cultural detectives by weaving their own forensic understanding of vampires and culture.

We will begin by reading, Dracula, perhaps a tale of the most famous vampire of all.  From there we will look at the cultural evolution of the meanings of vampires across time and space. Finally, we will study how vampires are presented in pop culture.


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Martha Lance
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Samantha Boymer

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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