Bringing Light To Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon

Paperback | May 15, 2011

EditorGiselle Liza AnatolbyGiselle Liza Anatol

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Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series has enjoyed astounding commercial success, not just with adolescents as originally intended but with a wide and diverse audience, yet the cultural and literary contributions of these novels have been largely overlooked. This dynamic volume reveals how the Twilight series has fundamentally altered our interpretations of vampires. These essays bring together a broad range of perspectives on the vampire series, from gender issues to the genre of Gothic fiction to environmental concerns.  Ultimately, this compelling collection provides insights on how we can better “read” popular culture and loosen the restrictive boundaries between pleasure and intellectual pursuit along the way.

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Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series has enjoyed astounding commercial success, not just with adolescents as originally intended but with a wide and diverse audience, yet the cultural and literary contributions of these novels have been largely overlooked. This dynamic volume reveals how the Twilight series has fundamentally altered our i...

Giselle Liza Anatol is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas and the editor of Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays and Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays. She teaches courses on children’s literature, Caribbean literature, African-American literature, and multicultural U.S. literature and has blo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9.34 × 5.93 × 0.54 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Introduction—Giselle Liza Anatol * Part I: Literary Contexts, Past and Present * The Wolf in the Woods: Representations of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in Twilight--Margaret Kramar * Textual Vampirism in the Twilight Saga: Drawing Feminist Life from Jane Eyre and Teen Fantasy Fiction--Kristen Deffenbacher and Mikayla Zagoria-Moffet * Serial Experiments in Popular Culture: The Resignification of Gothic Symbology in Anita Blake Vampire Hunter and the Twilight Series--Carole Veldman-Genz * Twilight, Translated--Kim Allen Gleed * Variations, Subversions and Endless Love: Fan Fiction and the Twilight Saga--Maria Lindgren Leavenworth * True Blood Waits: The Romance of Law and Literature--Meredith Wallis * Part II: Gender and Sexuality * Wake Up, Bella! A Personal Essay on Twilight, Mormonism, Feminism, and Happiness--Tammy Dietz * "When you kiss me, I want to die": Arrested Feminism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight Series--Rhonda Nicol * One is not born a vampire, but becomes one’: Motherhood, Masochism, and Male Mothering in Twilight--Merinne Whitton * Of Monsters and Men: Toxic Masculinity and the 21st-Century Vampire in the Twilight Saga--Tracey Bealer * The Other Edward: Twilight’s Queer Construction of the Vampire as Idealized Teenage Boyfriend--Joseph Somers and Amy L. Hume * Part III:
Class, Race, and Green Space * 'Embraced' by Consumption: Twilight and the Modern Construction of Gender--Michael Goebel * Fashion Sucks…Blood? Clothes and Covens in Twilight and Hollywood Culture--Angie Chau * Trailing in Jonathan Harker’s Shadow: Bella as Modern-Day Ethnographer in Meyer’s Twilight Novels--Joo Ok Kim and Giselle Liza Anatol * The Great American Love Affair: Indians in the Twilight Saga--Brianna Burke * Green is the New Black: Ecophobia and the Gothic Landscape in the Twilight Series--Tara K. Parmiter

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"This collection offers some thought-provoking and worthwhile contributions to anyone interested in Twilight scholarship . . . Some chapters will be accessible to fans and scholars alike . . . Given this mix, it seems likely that the collection will be of some interest to those beyond as well as those within academe." - Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts