The textually mediated experience of being a vampire. About

Tekstowo zmediatyzowane doświadczenie bycia wampirem. Wokół "Zmierzchu" Stephenie Meyer
The textually mediated experience of being a vampire. About "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer

Author(s): Małgorzata Kita
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: identity; self-awareness; vampire myth; contemporary vampire; Stephenie Meyer

Summary/Abstract: The author studies the traces of vampire consciousness, verbalised by the vampire representatives of popular culture. The “new literary vampire” created by Stephenie Meyer in her cycle of novels entitled "Twilight", is the subject to the present research. The identity of a contemporary literary vampire is both individual and collective. The vampire is aware of being part of a group characterised with specific psycho-physical features and dietary needs, but he/she also manifests a strong sense of being an individual who, though resembling his/her kinsmen, feels special and unique, existing in the world and experiencing it individually. The vampire’s textually mediated identity maintains the features of a human being whom he/she was before transformation, yet, quite understandably, it also derives from his/her vampire’s existence.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 35-64
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Polish