115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Other Vampires I

Session Chair: 
Nadia Saleh, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Time: 
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Location: 
Henry 102
Topic Area: 

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Tatjana Aleksic, University of Michigan
    I explore the  figure of the Slavic female vampire/succuba through a psychoanalytical reading that traces its origins in the primeval fear and tabooization of female sexuality. I read  She-Butterfly (1974) and The Sacred Place, by the Serbian director Djordje Kadijević, and the Russian film Viy (1967), made after Nikolai Gogol. The films interrogate the problematic image of the female seductress, and pose important questions about gender relations, masculinity and social order.
  2. Kai-Uwe Werbeck, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    This paper queries the problematic gender politics in Dennis Gansel's German Wir sind die Nacht (2010), a modern vampire movie set in Berlin in which the powerful and independent female vampires pose a threat that--as the film suggests--has to be contained.
  3. James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Director Neil Jordan's 2013 film Byzantium is a narrative about a mother-daughter vampire family engaged in a centuries-long struggle against an all-male "Brotherhood" of male vampires.  Although the story is set primarily in England, various kinds of cultural evidence in the film make it an Irish feminist statement.    
Session Cancelled: 
No