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Vampire Literature  

ENG 3200
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For your final project, you will research and explain a topic of your choice. During the last few classes, you will be asked to present to the class for about 10-15 minutes, using Powerpoint or handouts, etc. You can also show film clips if desired. Some type of multimedia or printed supplement is recommended.  You will also write a paper of approximately 5-8 pages on this topic, including an MLA-format bibliography.


Some types of topics to consider:

  • Vampire movies, TV shows, books, stories (some particular trend, such as vampire parodies or sequels to Dracula, etc.)

  • A specific vampire’s effect on popular culture

  • Vampire romance novels (you can visit Barnes & Noble and make notes about what you find—you don’t necessarily have to read all the books)

  • Male vs. female vampires in film/lit

  • Vampires in art, music, opera, fashion, etc. (something besides books or movies)

  • Vampire short stories through the ages (use the ones we read for class and look up some modern ones to add)

  • Some particular geographic region’s vampire folklore

  • Some social issue and vampires (for example, women’s rights and Dracula; a Marxist interpretation of wealthy vampires; xenophobia and foreign vampires, etc.)

  • Differences between American and British vampires; 18/19th and 20th/21st century vampires, etc.

  • An influential vampire-inspired author (except Byron, Polidori, Stoker, or Anne Rice) or a comparison of two such authors

  • Critique a current nonfiction book-length study of vampires (such as OUR VAMPIRES, OURSELVES) or compare one or more related studies

  • Your own idea ______________________________ (get approval)


Paper should have a clear thesis, sources, and proper MLA formatting throughout. Edit and rewrite until your prose sparkles like Edward Cullen on a bright August afternoon. A plastic folder or cover is NOT necessary. The paper itself should not contain pictures unless you are analyzing a painting or something like that; however, these can be used in the presentation.

Use a style guide to get the MLA format right.

All presentations and papers should be of honors-level quality! Rehearse your presentations and edit your papers carefully.

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