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Vampires: An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film Paperback – 1 Aug 1993

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Station Hill Press (Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088268146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882681467
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,464,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jalal Toufic is a writer, film theorist, and video artist who is currently Head of the MA program in Film/Video Studies at the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Holy Spirit University, Lebanon.

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The thing which becomes immediately obvious from reading this book is the author's complete lack of knowledge of vampire movies. One would expect at least a passing knowledge of the genre to be present in order to qualify an author to write a book with such a ponderous title. Overly wordy, frequently flying off on completely off topic tangents, it is more an exercise in literary and film school style navel gazing than a serious and worthy study of a genre that is a positive gold mine of symbolism.
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I was instantly seduced by this book. It is erudite, sexy theory at it's best, taking it's own leap of faith (carries you along like a flood). Toufic sketches modern vampire theory using cinematic theory and phenomology like twin mirrors. Very very diverting. He doesn't get too sucked into all the blood analogies (scuse the pun), which is refreshing. Read this alongside Laurence Rickels The Vampire Lectures, Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (oldie but goodie), Roberto Calasso's Literature and the Gods, and Barthes' Camera Lucida. Then go watch Buffy. It's fun, I promise.
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