Course | Read the Blood of Dracula: Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

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Date / Time

  • December 8, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm




Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become the ur-text of vampire fiction and lore, the vampire story that not only continues to influence vampire tales today, but also influences how we read vampire stories that came before it. We’ll begin this seminar series by talking about Stoker’s novel, its story, as well as its continuing resonance about everything related to vampires. We’ll also take a look at some of the notes the author compiled as he write the book and now are a part of The Rosenbach’s collections. Then each month, we’ll feature a different vampire text: from stories of vampire folklore and fiction before Dracula to contemporary vampire fiction.

Carmilla (1871-72) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu is one of the more thrilling and bizarre love stories of vampire fiction. Le Fanu was an Irish author of supernatural tales that heavily influenced Stoker and many others.  Carmilla’s plot still shocks (and titillates modern audiences).  I will provide a pdf of this novella, but it is readily available in many editions if you would like to buy your own paper copy.

Unlike our Sundays with Dracula series, these meetings will include student discussion. We’ll use the Zoom meeting format, so we can all be on the screen together, talking about our favorite vampire stories. Class size will be limited to 25 participants per session. Students are responsible for their own internet connections.


About the Instructors

Led by Edward G. Pettit, host of The Rosenbach’s Sundays with Dracula 


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