Just posting a reminder about this informative and entertaining event. Students should book before 18th March to get the cheap rate. I will be there hopefully doing some chairing and listening to the interesting talks. Look forward to seeing you. Please see the link below for how to book:
- Daughter of Fangdom: A Conference on Women and the Television Vampire
- Date of Event
- 18th April 2015
- Last Booking Date for this Event
- 5th April 2015
- Following the success of TV Fangdom: A Conference on Television Vampires in 2013, the organisers delighted to be holding a follow-up one-day conference, Daughter of Fangdom: A Conference on Women and the Television Vampire. Though Dracula remains the iconic image, female vampires have been around at least as long, if not longer, than their male counterparts and now they play a pivotal role within the ever expanding world of the TV vampire, often undermining or challenging the male vampires that so often dominate these shows. Women have also long been involved in the creation and the representation of vampires both male and female. The fiction of female writers such as Charlaine Harris and L.J. Smith has served as core course material for the televisual conception and re-conception of the reluctant vampire, while TV writers and producers such as Marti Noxon (Buffy) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries and The Originals) have played a significant role in shaping the development of the genre for television.
Given the ubiquity of the vampire in popular culture and particularly on TV, this conference will explore how the female is represented in vampire television, raising significant questions for our understanding of gender, horror and the Gothic. What roles do women have in bringing female vampires to the small screen? In what ways has the female vampire been remade for different eras of television, different TV genres, or different national contexts? Is the vampire on TV addressed specifically to female audiences and how do female viewers engage with TV vampires? What spaces exist on television for evading the gender binary and abandoning categories of male and female vampires altogether? These questions, and many more, will be addressed during the event.