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Established in 2007 by the Leatherby Libraries, the Community of Readers is the summer reading program for Chapman University. This program is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Reading the Vampire

Reading the Vampire
Ken Gelder
Call Number
PN56 .V3 G45 1994
2nd Floor Humanities
Book Review
Gelder’s approach to the vampire legend is based on careful readings of the classics—Byron, Polidori, LeFanu, and Stoker—through the lens of Freud, Lacan, and Zizek, among others. This examination doesn’t reveal any new secrets, but it may make you pause and rethink a few things. The inclusion of Anne Rice and Stephen King makes for a distinctly American view of the vampire. The writing is smooth, but a bit on the dry side.
Submitted By
Lugene Rosen
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries

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