COMPLIT 100 - Global X
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Global Vampires
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course examines the phenomenon of vampirism in verbal and visual culture from different periods in various cultures. We begin with the vampiric folklore in Eastern Europe, follow the legend’s variations since the 18th century all the way to the contemporary Hollywood and pop culture fascination with blood, sex, and eternal life. We will discuss why the vampire captures the imagination of audiences, what qualities it incarnates and what social-historical events may have triggered heightened interest and its popularity. Furthermore, are there scientific explanations of the phenomena traditionally linked with the vampire? We will address these and related issues in stories, novels, films, legends, fairy tales, television shows, and historical sources, focusing on vampires from a variety of critical perspectives and contextualizing the works in the cultures that produced them. We will also check how they cope in time of the pandemic and whether they likewise had to move their business online.

Course Requirements:

  1. Maintaining a channel on, building knowledge on various topics of interest for the course, and expanding on class discussions by adding new material (25%). Extra credits possible in case of engagement with and /or analysis of other students’ channels.
  2. midterm exam, online on Canvas (20%),
  3. class participation in discussions (20%)
  4. pop-quizzes (5%)
  5. final exam or project TBA, (30%)

Intended Audience:

This course is accessible to all undergraduate students

Class Format:

The course consists of a W lecture and a F recitation (discussion) section, one of which is lead by the GSI. The discussion deals with details of primary and secondary material that is on the reading list for that week, as well as prepares the students for taking the Midterm exam, as well as for creating the Final project.


COMPLIT 100 - Global X
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
W 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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