Creating a Course with BITE…Vampires: Their Historical Significance in  Literature, Film, and Pop Culture           Sharon...
Creating a Vampire CourseKuh, Kinzie, Schuh, and Whitts (2006) "unshakeable focus on student  learning" encourages us to r...
Vampires & Critical Pedagogy•Engages students in analyses of the unequal powerrelations, and it aims to help students deve...
Vampires- our focus• Vampirism in verbal and visual culture  – Various historical periods and cultures• Vampire lore-->ric...
It is never just about the vampire!
Vampires & Student EngagementLiterature – Student lead discussions  – From Demons to Dracula  – “Carmilla” Sheridan Le Fan...
Film Studies–   Nosferatu, 1922–   Dracula, (Bela Lugosi), 1931–   Deafula, 1975–   Shadow of the Vampire, 2001–   30 Days...
Deafula (1975)• Peter Wechsberg writer, director, and lead actor• Deafula is a film about the character’s two  identities:...
“I personally noticed a pattern of mirrors andreflections in the movie. There are many shots ofthese so I can’t help but f...
“The thing that had the most impact on mewas Deafula. It is a cool film that shows howPeter Wolf envisioned a Deaf vampire...
Writing scripts and  creating short filmsStudents wrote shortscripts and created“Interviews with aVampire.”Randi pictured ...
Janna interviewed her “vampire” and created        an old time look for her film.
Denton is introducing his vampire interview.
Script writing, Producing & FilmingMaking connections of current vampire portrayals tothose depicted in the past.- Nod to ...
Achieving our Course GoalsIn our course students who are engaged learners  – Understand complex social identities, includi...
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Vampire lore has become both theproduct and the object of interdisciplinary study and offers a rich opportunityfor discussion of issues such as social class, fear of death, gender relations,sexuality, disease, and the relationship between folklore and history,etc. While vampire texts and movies havebeen argued as a publishing fad, one cannot deny how immortal vampires havebecome. Kim Newman argues, “other fashions in monstrosity come and go (zombiesare “in” at the moment, but serial killers are passé), but vampires remain”(Penzler, XIV). As educators at a bilingualuniversity (American Sign Language and English), we seek the best ways toincorporate authentic reading and writing in courses. While facing students whooften have little interest or motivation in completing traditional assignments,we developed a course incorporating media with a subject matter our studentswere already interested in and encouraged them to bring their own backgroundknowledge and ideas about vampires to the course Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and PopCulture. The presentation will focus on our integrated course whichexamines the phenomenon of Vampirism in verbal and visual culture from varioushistorical periods and from a variety of critical perspectives, contextualizingthe works in the cultures that produced them, and understanding their influenceon society at large. The course enables students to understand complex socialidentities, including the deaf identity in the 1975 film Deafula, and the interrelations within and among diverse culturesand groups. Students read Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend which provides a window into the racial dynamics of thetime and then compare that to the 2007 movie. Along with legends, stories,novels, and commercials, students analyze films from the 1922 Nosferatu to the contemporary 2008 Let the Right One In, and sequentialart, 30 Days of Night.

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  1. 1. Creating a Course with BITE…Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture Sharon Pajka, Ph.D. Jane Nickerson, Ph.D. Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. USA
  2. 2. Creating a Vampire CourseKuh, Kinzie, Schuh, and Whitts (2006) "unshakeable focus on student learning" encourages us to reflect on our teaching strategies to ensure that we are experimenting with engaging pedagogies and challenging students to perform at high standards.Gallaudet University• the only Liberal Arts university in the world for Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing students• Our integrated course which is part of the school’s Identity and Culture Learning Outcome focuses on enabling students to understand complex social identities, including the deaf identity in the 1975 film Deafula, and the interrelations within and among diverse cultures and groups. It is never just about the vampire!
  3. 3. Vampires & Critical Pedagogy•Engages students in analyses of the unequal powerrelations, and it aims to help students develop tools thatwill enable them to challenge this inequality (McLaren163)•Classroom as a site for social change
  4. 4. Vampires- our focus• Vampirism in verbal and visual culture – Various historical periods and cultures• Vampire lore-->rich focus for textual analysis – Themes--death, disease, social class, & sexuality – Reading & Film selections focus on vampires from a variety of critical perspectives • contextualize the works in the cultures that produced them, and understand their influence on society at large
  5. 5. It is never just about the vampire!
  6. 6. Vampires & Student EngagementLiterature – Student lead discussions – From Demons to Dracula – “Carmilla” Sheridan Le Fanu – “Dracula’s Guest,” Bram Stoker – I am Legend, “Drink My Red Blood,” “No Such Thing as a Vampire,” and “The Funeral” Richard Matheson – “The Master of Rampling Gate,” Anne Rice – 30 Days of Night (graphic novel)
  7. 7. Film Studies– Nosferatu, 1922– Dracula, (Bela Lugosi), 1931– Deafula, 1975– Shadow of the Vampire, 2001– 30 Days of Night, 2007– I Am Legend, 2007– Let the Right One In, 2008– “Hush” Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  8. 8. Deafula (1975)• Peter Wechsberg writer, director, and lead actor• Deafula is a film about the character’s two identities: a Deaf man and a vampire in disguise. • After 27 people in town have been killed, two detectives focus on the murders and determine that Steve Adams is the killer.• All of the characters in the film are Deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL).
  9. 9. “I personally noticed a pattern of mirrors andreflections in the movie. There are many shots ofthese so I can’t help but feel it connects to Steve’sidentity as a vampire. My argument is that manycultures have superstitions about mirrors, but oftenone common theme among mirrors is that theyreflect our real souls, which includes identities”(Lisa).
  10. 10. “The thing that had the most impact on mewas Deafula. It is a cool film that shows howPeter Wolf envisioned a Deaf vampire. Someof the ideas in that film were clever such as thereligious aspects” (Amir)
  11. 11. Writing scripts and creating short filmsStudents wrote shortscripts and created“Interviews with aVampire.”Randi pictured atGallaudet’s coffin door
  12. 12. Janna interviewed her “vampire” and created an old time look for her film.
  13. 13. Denton is introducing his vampire interview.
  14. 14. Script writing, Producing & FilmingMaking connections of current vampire portrayals tothose depicted in the past.- Nod to the oldProduce short films using vampire themes– Deafula Remake– Interview with a VampireAnalyze various forms of media with vampires– Create Commercials
  15. 15. Achieving our Course GoalsIn our course students who are engaged learners – Understand complex social identities, including the Deaf identity – Examine the phenomenon of Vampirism in verbal and visual culture – various historical periods – contextualizing the works in the cultures that produced them, and understanding their influence on society at large – Critically think about how they can create short films using vampire themes

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