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978-0-8108-5365-2 • Paperback • August 2006 • $69.00 • (£53.00)
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Deborah Wilson Overstreet is associate professor of literacy education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Maine at Farmington, where she teaches courses in reading and language arts methods, children's literature, young adult literature, diversity education, and now, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is the author of Unencumbered by History: The Vietnam Experience in Young Adult Fiction (1998).
Chapter 1 1. Vampires 101
Chapter 2 2. Undead and Unmasked: The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth, about Vampires
Chapter 3 3. Meet, Fight, or Possibly Even Love a Vampire: The Human-Vampire Connection
Chapter 4 4. Welcome to the Buffyverse: Vampires, High School, and the Hellmouth
Chapter 5 5. All the Titles that Bite: Vampire Novels and Scholarship
Part 6 Appendix: The Ten Classic Vampire Narratives
Part 7 Bibliography
Part 8 Index
Part 9 About the Author
A "closet vampire fan" traces the evolution of vampire stories, Anne Rice's influence, and the vampire as metaphor in ten classic texts from Polidori's "The Vampyre" (1819) to Coppola's 1992 film, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Pointing out the relevance of these archetypes to sexuality, rebellion, and other adolescent issues, Overstreet (elementary education, U. of Maine, Farmington), summarizes and analyzes a sample of the genre specifically for this audience (e.g., Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series). She includes annotated relevant scholarly studies and a comparison chart of elements of the classic versions.
— Reference and Research Book News, May 2007
— VOYA, October 2007
Overstreet evaluates 20 novels, giving plot summaries of each and comparing them to classical ideals of vampires.
— School Library Journal, April 2007