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Dracula and philosophy : dying to know

Author: Nicolas Michaud; Janelle Pötzsch
Publisher: Chicago : Open Court Publishing Company, [2015]
Series: Popular culture and philosophy, vol. 90.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John C. Altmann decides whether Dracula can really be blamed for his crimes, since it's his nature as a vampire to behave a certain way. Robert Arp argues that Dracula's addiction to live human blood dooms him to perpetual frustration and misery. John V. Karavitis sees Dracula as a Randian individual pitted against the Marxist collective. Greg Littmann maintains that if we disapprove of Dracula's behavior, we ought  Read more...
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Named Person: Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker; Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker; Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Bram Stoker
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicolas Michaud; Janelle Pötzsch
ISBN: 9780812698909 0812698908
OCLC Number: 890181251
Description: x, 291 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Death becomes him --
finally --
I. The downside of undeath --
The curse of living forever / James Edwin Mahon --
Why fighting Dracula is absurd / Nicole R. Pramik --
They shall become one flesh / James Willis, III and Viktoria Strunk --
Dracula's rules / Douglas Jordan --
Dracula's dilemma / Robert Arp --
II. A vampire's values --
What's wrong with being a vampire? / Greg Littmann --
Expert testimony in the trial of Count Dracula / John Altmann --
Why Count Dracula can never be evil / Cole Bowman --
Baring fangs, bearing responsibility / John Altmann --
The denial of Dracula / Nicolas Michaud --
III. What's it like to be Dracula? --
Being Count Dracula / Shawn McKinney --
What manner of man, monster, or person? / Trip McCrossin --
Who's the ideal Dracula? / Ivan Wolfe --
There and bat again / Richard Greene --
More things in Heaven and Earth / Michael Versteeg and Adam Barkman --
IV. Why we're afraid --
'Dracula' in the age of mechanical reproduction / John V. Karavitis --
Letting Dracula out of the closet / Ariane de Waal --
The empire's vampiric shadow / Tim Jones --
Vampirism and its discontents / Janelle Pötzsch --
Dracula: the shadow archetype / Cari Callis --
V. From the Dracula files --
Memoirs of the prince of the undead / John V. Karavitis --
Correspondences between the Count and the stranger / Mary Green and Ronald S. Green --
Dracula's quest for enlightenment / Christopher Ketcham --
Hoover and McCarthy meet Dracula / Timothy Sexton.
Series Title: Popular culture and philosophy, vol. 90.
Responsibility: edited by Nicolas Michaud and Janelle Pötzsch.

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John C. Altmann decides whether Dracula can really be blamed for his crimes, since it's his nature as a vampire to behave a certain way. Robert Arp argues that Dracula's addiction to live human blood dooms him to perpetual frustration and misery. John V. Karavitis sees Dracula as a Randian individual pitted against the Marxist collective. Greg Littmann maintains that if we disapprove of Dracula's behavior, we ought to be vegetarians. James Edwin Mahon uses the example of Dracula to resolve nagging problems about the desirability of immortality. Adam Barkman and Michael Versteeg ponder what it would really feel like to be Dracula, and thereby shed some light on the nature of consciousness. Robert Vuckovich looks at the sexual morality of Dracula and other characters in the Dracula saga. Ariane de Waal explains that "Dragula" is scary because every time this being appears, it causes "gender trouble." And Cari Callis demonstrates that the Count is really the Jungian Shadow archetype--with added Shapeshifter elements--in the journey of Mina Harker, heroine/victim of Stoker's novel, from silly girl to empowered woman.

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