Call for Chapters: The Global Vampire on Page and Stage. Anticipated publication date: Fall 2019.
Proposal deadline: December 1, 2017
Proposals will be considered from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including literary studies, film studies, and comics studies. The global popularity of the cinematic vampire goes beyond the usual Anglo-American suspects, from its origins in Nosferatu (1922) and Vampyre (1932) to the more recent Let the Right One In (2008). A Girl Walks Alone at Night (2014) showed vampiric life in Iran, while What We Do in the Shadows (2014) showed a comedic Kiwi interpretation of familiar tropes in New Zealand. Korean television dramas like The Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015) and Vampire Detective (2016) play with the common interpretations of the sexy and heroic vampire, while Orange Marmalade (2015) is a romance comedy in high school, adapted first from a webcomic and then into television. The Chinese drama My Amazing Boyfriend (2016) similarly plays with genre, applying familiar European traits to its brooding hero. This collection would like to open up for discussion, analysis, and sharing those texts that are rather farther afield in American scholarship.The goal is to read the figure of the vampire in popular culture through a global perspective and across media.
Possible topics include:
- Analysis of international films such as Nosferatu, Cronos, A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night, etc.
- Manga and anime such as Millennium Snow, Vampire Knight, Vampire Hunter D, Castlevania
- Television dramas such as Scholar Who Walks the Night,
- Adaptations across media and countries, such as Let the Right One In
- The challenges/problems of translation onscreen or in text
- Depiction of the “sexy, romantic vampire” in Western versus Eastern cultures
- Connections and interpretations of the vampire between folklore, myth, and popular culture
Completed essays should be between about 6,000 and 8,000 words and submitted in Chicago style format. Once selected, contributors’ abstracts will be part of the proposal going forward, likely to McFarland.
Interested individuals should submit an abstract proposal of 250 words with a brief author statement and short CV to Cait Coker at firstname.lastname@example.org.