Haines Hall, A18
UCLA Campus, Westwood
Los Angeles, CA 90024
The Saturday seminar is led by Leslie Klinger, noted Victorian literature expert and author, and explores the history and folklore of vampires and vampire literature that existed prior to the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1897. Participants examine the history of Stoker's classic book; his life; his sources; and the shaping of the book, including Stoker's notes and the long-hidden manuscript.
After a thorough examination of the book, we cover Dracula on film, stage, radio, and television, as well as the many incarnations of the King Vampire, including the works of Anne Rice, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Stephanie Meyer, and others, and the universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Participants are encouraged to read, The New Annotated Dracula edited by Leslie Klinger before the first class.
Leslie Klinger JD, BSI, author of the highly acclaimed collections The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, and The New Annotated Dracula; editor Sherlock Holmes Reference Library.
A book review excerpt from Love Vampires -
Dracula has gripped readers since its first publication in 1897. While the book has been studied by scholars in virtually every academic discipline, none have accepted Bram Stoker's declaration that the work was based on historical fact. For the first time, Klinger examines all of the evidence, both internal and external, including contemporary travel books, scientific texts, Victorian encyclopedias, as well as Stoker's notes for the narrative and the original manuscript itself....
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