Mon, March 22, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Tuition for this course is $35 per session
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This course is limited to participants who are 17 years of age or older.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become the ur-text of vampire fiction and lore, the vampire story that not only continues to influence vampire tales today, but also influences how we read vampire stories that came before it. We’ll begin this seminar series by talking about Stoker’s novel, its story, as well as its continuing resonance about everything related to vampires. We’ll also take a look at some of the notes the author compiled as he wrote the book and now are a part of The Rosenbach’s collections. Then each month, we’ll feature a different vampire text: from stories of vampire folklore and fiction before Dracula to contemporary vampire fiction.
Unlike our Sundays with Dracula series, these meetings will include student discussion. We’ll use the Zoom meeting format, so we can all be on the screen together, talking about our favorite vampire stories. Class size will be limited to 25 participants per session. Students are responsible for their own internet connections.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
In 2012, Matheson’s I Am Legend was named the Vampire Novel of the Century by the Horror Writers Association (fittingly, the HWA honors writers with “Bram Stoker Awards”), for being “the vampire novel that has had the greatest impact since publication of Dracula.” First published in 1954, I Am Legend presents vampirism as an apocalyptic plague that a lone survivor, Robert Neville, must conquer as he battles the undead. Stoker’s Dracula is not only present in the novel, as a book that Neville consults, but Matheson’s work recasts the supernatural vampire of legend as a scientifically real monster of the modern world. Join us for our first look at a vampire work that was inspired by Dracula.