Module: Vampire Aesthetics in Gothic, Expressionism, Horror: “Dracula” from Horrific Sublime to Sublime Horror and Beyond

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Start: March 30, 2017 6:00 PM

End: 8:00 PM

Organizer: Haley Carlson

Phone: N/A


Venue: UCA 142, University Center for the Arts

Address: 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins, CO 80521

stefanVampire Aesthetics in Gothic, Expressionism, Horror: “Dracula” from Horrific Sublime to Sublime Horror and Beyond– LEAP ALL

Stefan Maftei

 Vampire Aesthetics in Gothic, Expressionism, Horror: ‘Dracula’ from Horrific Sublime to Sublime Horror and Beyond – the topic will investigate the influence of Gothic, Expressionism and Horror genre on shaping the myth of ‘Dracula’ as a cultural symbol.

The module will be structured as a workshop and will explore cross-cultural and inter-cultural transitions emerging from the past and present of one world-famous cultural icon: Dracula, the vampire-prince from Transylvania who has gained global prominence nowadays as one of Hollywood’s most famous cultural products.

The module will explore the past and present of the cultural and artistic icon ‘Dracula’, focusing particularly on the artistic importance of the Dracula myth and on the global trend of de-localizing historical and cultural icons and communicating them on a global scale through mass media. ‘Dracula’ started out as a historical legend mythologizing a legendary historical figure, a legend which gained celebrity as early as the late Renaissance. A few centuries later, due to the major input from XIX-th century Gothic novel and XX-th century Hollywood, Dracula has become a cultural myth on a global scale. Nowadays Dracula is a global cultural franchise. Focusing on Dracula and interpreting the mass-media myth with the instruments of cultural studies, literature and art history is a highly interesting, lucrative and challenging task.

The module will be comprised of four meetings that will include lecturing, visual presentations followed by discussions and a short test after each event that will survey the students’ abilities in identifying and working with artistic, inter-cultural and cross-cultural transitions with respect to cultural icons. Students will learn about cross-cultural and inter-cultural transitions, artistic movements and literary currents that have shaped our understanding of Dracula as a cultural icon. Throughout the lectures, historical texts, literary, visual and media examples will be employed.

The module theme is relevant with reference to the competencies outlined for the LEAP program such as gaining the knowledge needed to working with theories relevant to arts and culture management, improving the critical thinking related to the role of art and culture in society at a practical level, acquiring useful skills for analyzing complex inter-cultural and cross-cultural issues, in order to develop an informed, flexible and broad-minded attitude with respect to cultural and artistic differences.