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Vampires, Race, and Transnational Hollywoods

Dale Hudson

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A consideration of vampire film production through the lens of transnational cinema

The figure of the vampire serves as both object and mode of analysis for more than a century of Hollywood filmmaking. Never dying, shifting shape and moving at unnatural speed, as the vampire renews itself by drinking victims’ blood, so too does Hollywood renew itself by consuming foreign styles and talent, moving to overseas locations, and proliferating in new guises.

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INTRODUCTION: Migrations and mutations
CHAPTER 1: Blood, bodies, and borders
CHAPTER 2: “Making” Americans from foreigners
CHAPTER 3 : Classical Hollywood vampires: the unnatural whiteness of America
CHAPTER 4: International Hollywood vampires: cosmopolitanisms of “foreign movies”
CHAPTER 5: Vampires of color: a critique of multicultural whiteness
CHAPTER 6: Terrorist vampires: religious heritage or planetary advocacy
CHAPTER 7: Other vampires, other Hollywoods: serialized citizenship and narrowcast difference
CONCLUSION: History and Hollywood, mashed-up

About the Author

Dr Dale Hudson is Associate Professor and Curator of Film and New Media at NYU Abu Dhabi.


'Hudson is building a reputation as a leading scholar on culture and globalization, and he here uses the figure of the vampire to explore issues of postcolonialism, migratory movements, and social difference...he has produced a fresh and original contribution to scholarship that should be of great interest to scholars interested in vampire media, transnational approaches to Hollywood, and the politics of race representation.'
- Iain Robert Smith , This Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (2018)

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