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Effective: Summer 2014

Advisory: Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will be able to explain how historical and cultural frameworks have shaped vampire literature from its origins in Gothic literature to its present-day forms.
  • Students will be able to analyze the roles of gender and sexuality in vampire literature.
Description -
Survey of vampire literature across a variety of cultures. Discussion and analysis (both written and oral) of vampiric literary texts within various theoretical and historical contexts, including the gothic, the psychoanalytic, gender and sexuality, race and the "other," cultural studies, theories of corporeality. Emphasis on historical and cross-cultural analyses.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify significant literary, social, cultural, political, and corporeal issues in multicultural vampire literature from the nineteenth century to the present.
  2. Differentiate between and compare analytically the historical and cultural content of European and American, Asian, Latino, and African vampire traditions.
  3. Apply a variety of critical and theoretical criteria to evaluation of vampire literature.
  4. Analyze vampire literature through interpretations and arguments in written and oral forms.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to computer with email software and capabilities and current internet browser, email address.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Identification of issues specific to vampire literature
    1. Literary issues such as vampire literature's place within multicultural literature canons
    2. Social issues such as interpersonal dynamics and power relationships, gender and sexuality, social class, media representation
    3. Cultural issues, including relationships between humans and the environment, multicultural identities, popular culture expressions
    4. Political issues such colonialism, oppression and manipulation of the "other"
    5. Issues of the body, including the significance of blood, mortality, maternity, orality, disease, sexual expression and repression
  2. Differentiation and analytical comparison between multicultural vampire traditions
    1. European traditions emerging from Romantic literature and the advent of the gothic novel
    2. American iterations of the vampire, Native and colonial, to the present
    3. Asian representations of vampire figures, e.g., the Filipino aswang, the Chinese chiang shih
    4. Latino manifestations such as the Chupacabra
    5. African and African diasporic representations such as the Asasabonsam
  3. Apply a variety of critical and theoretical criteria to evaluation of vampire literature
    1. Poetic structures (e.g., stanza, meter)
    2. Symbolic language (e.g., metaphor, synecdoche)
    3. Narrative devices (e.g., unreliable narrator)
    4. Structural devices (e.g., epigraphs, paragraphing)
    5. Historical contexts
    6. Gender studies
    7. Queer theories
    8. Psychological theories (Freudian, Jungian)
    9. Marxian theories
    10. Ethnic and racial theories
    11. Theories of embodiment and abjection
    12. Postcolonial studies
  4. Analyze vampire literature through interpretations and arguments in written and oral forms
    1. Active, critical participation in class discussion
    2. Literary analysis / critical thinking demonstrated in formal essays
    3. Literary analysis / critical thinking demonstrated through short writing projects
    4. Understanding of vampire literature demonstrated through class presentations
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Formal essays
  2. Informal writing projects such as journal entries, reader responses
  3. In-class examinations
  4. Class participation, student presentations
Representative Text(s) -
Polidori, John William. The Vampyre: A Tale. (1816). Createspace, 2010.
Anaya, Rudolph. Curse of the Chupacabra. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2006.
Barry, Lynda. "The Aswang." One Hundred Demons. Sasquatch Books, 2005.
Butler, Octavia E. Fledgling. New York: Warner Books, 2005.
Carr, A.A. Eye Killers. University of Oklahoma P, 1996.
Gomez, Jewelle. The Gilda Stories. Ann Arbor: Firebrand, 1991.
Kikuchi, Hideyuki. Vampire Hunter. Digital Manga Publishing, 2007.
Kostova, Elizabeth. The Historian. New York: Little, Brown, 2005.
Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight. Little, Brown Publishers, 2005.
Rice, Anne. Interview with the Vampire (1976). Ballantine, 1991.
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. (1897). Place: Dover Publications, 2000.
Poetry from John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Federico Garcia Lorca.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Reading literary texts
  2. Lectures on the texts and their historical and social contexts
  3. Class discussion
  4. Small group projects and presentations
  5. Analytical writing projects
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading and analyzing literary texts
  2. Formal essays
  3. Informal writing projects such as journal entries, reader responses
  4. In-class examinations
  5. Class participation, student presentations