1.Discuss the literary vampire from its origins in Polidori’s “The Vampyre” to it’s popular and enduring incarnation in Stoker’s “Dracula.” In what ways are the vampires in these stories different from the folkloric vampire? How are they similar? What similar themes do you notice regarding the interaction between the female and male characters with the powerful vampire antagonist?
2.The character of Dracula embodies many themes, but one of these is certainly fear of the cultural and ethnic “other.” How is this theme presented in the films “Blade” and “Blackula”? In what ways are the stories of these modern vampires similar and different to that of Count Dracula? What similarities can be drawn between the cultural significance of these films in American culture to that of Dracula for a 20th-century English audience?
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