LTWL 123: Vampires in Literature Spring 2014 (803932)
MWF 11:00 am-11:50 am WLH 2111
Professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig
Course website:; Office: Lit 347

Week One:  Introduction and Historical Background
Mon. 3/31: Introduction
Wed. 4/2: Introduction: An Unnatural History of the Vampire
Fri. 4/4:  Introduction and readings

There is no quiz this week, but here is some food for thought: Study/quiz questions on early German works

1. Heinrich August Ossenfelder, “Der Vampir,” (see below).  2. Gottfried August Bürger,  “Lenore”  (German)

Week Two:  The German Origins of the Literary Vampire
This week we will continue with background to understanding vampire literature and be discussing the following readings.

Study/quiz questions on early German works

1. Johann Wolfgang Goethe, “The Bride of Corinth” (German)

2. Johann Ludwig Tieck,  (Raupachs) “Wake Not the Dead.”

3. E.T.A. Hoffman, “Aurelia.”

German version

Week Three: England’s Romantic Vampires

PLEASE NOTE: Monday, Apr. 14 we meet in GEISEL LIBRARY Room 276--Classroom 2

Polidori,  “The Vampyre”  in Ryan for Wednesday. Quiz/Study questions

Samuel Taylor Coleridge:Christabel

Week Four:  Sex and the Single Vampire SLIDES
Study/quiz questions

Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla in Ryan
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, “Manor.” Matrosengeschichte  (German)

Anonymous, “The Mysterious Stranger” in Ryan.

Week Five: Dracula Study questions

Monday: Anonymous, “The Mysterious Stranger” in Ryan. No quiz.

This week we will focus on Stoker’s Dracula (Norton, Ed. Auerbach)
Bibliographies Due in class, at the beginning of class on Friday

Week 6:  Dracula and Co. Dracula questions Murnau/Herzog questions Dracula slides
This week we will finish up discussion of Stoker’s Dracula (Mon. and Wed.) and discuss two German film adaptations: Murnau, Nosferatu (1922) and 2. Herzog, Nosferatu (1979) (Fri.) 

These films are on reserve at Geisel. Murnau's version is widely available on the internet, but I recommend the Kino print on reserve (this can also be found online). For Herzog, if you watch the film in the library make sure you get the version that's right for you. The German version has no subtitles--there is a different English language dvd.

Week 7: Tales of Blood:  Vampires and Race Murnau/Herzog questions

Finish discussion of Murnau, Nosferatu (1922) and Herzog, Nosferatu (1979)
Hanns Heinz Ewers selection from Vampire and essay by Lampert-Weissig (to be distributed) Questions on Ewers

Octavia E. Butler, Fledgling (will begin Week 8)

Week 8:  Vampires on Film 

We will be discussing Fledgling on Monday. Study questions.

I will lecture on the films below in the order listed.
We will be discussing the following films this week. These films are on reserve at Geisel.
1. Crain, Blacula (1972) 
2.Gunn, Ganja and Hess (1973) 
3. Norrington, Blade (1998)
4. True Blood, season 1, episode 1

Wed. May 21: Final Papers Due in class, at the beginning of class. No quiz on Wed. May 21.

Week 9: Other forms of the Undead—the Zombie
Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day holiday
            Matheson, I am Legend (1954) and films (to be determined by class)

Week 10: This week is for review and/or catch up
Final exam will be a take-home essay, questions distributed well in advance.  Instructions for submission TBA.  Final exams are due by 2:30 pm on Friday, June 13, the end of our final exam time.  


  1. Bibliography (10 references/2 annotated) (15%)
  2. Interpretive/Research essay (40%)
  3. Quizzes (25%)
  4. Final exam (20 %)

All assignments for this class must be completed in order to pass the class.
Quizzes: We will have assigned readings to discuss at every class meeting, and will focus our discussion around a set of questions I have distributed at the previous meeting.  These questions will also be available on the website.  They will depend on the pace of our class; it is your responsibility to keep informed about this. You should come to class having read the assignment and having prepared some thoughts in response to the questions.  Most of our class sessions, then, will consist entirely of discussion. 

On three to five unannounced occasions during the quarter, I will, at the beginning of class, ask you to write a 30-35 minute essay in response to one of the questions provided for the day. This essay should be well organized, thoughtful, persuasive, and use specific examples from the reading.  You may prepare as much or as little of the essay in advance of class as you like; you may even write the entire essay before class, if you wish.  You may use any of the course texts, as well as your notes, when writing the essay. I will drop the essay with the lowest score from your overall essay grade.  Please bring 8 x 11 lined paper and use ink for these essays if at all possible. 

If you are not present in class on a day on which I ask for an essay, there are no make-ups, although that day’s essay may be counted as your ‘lowest score’ essay.  If you turn in an essay and decide you are not happy with it, you may bring in a new version, or an essay in response to any of the other questions from the same set, to me at the beginning of the next class and substitute that essay for the one you have already turned in; you may do this only once with each essay, but you may do it for as many different essays as you like over the course of the quarter.  Make-up essays should be typed. Vacation plans and extracurricular activities are never an excuse for missed or late work.  Sometimes, unfortunately, legitimate medical or personal emergencies keep us from performing at work or school as we would like.  If something like this comes up for you during the course of our class, please let me know as soon as you can.  It’s your responsibility to keep your instructors informed and, indeed, we can’t help you if we don’t know there is a problem. 

Interpretive/Research Essay:  See Handout.

Bibliography:  Choose one of the assigned paper topics and compile a bibliography related to your choice of paper topic for the Interpretive/Research essay.  It is strongly recommended that you use Refworks (provided through UCSD Library) or Zotero (a free bibliography site; to create your bibliography.  You should supply at least ten sources (if there aren’t 10 items specifically on your topic then cast your net a bit more broadly to include related issues or texts).  At least two of the bibliography entries should be annotated.  This assignment is designed in part to get you to work with scholarly sources utilizing the UCSD Library.  You will be evaluated based on the quality/breadth/depth of the sources you assemble.  Provide a descriptive title for your bibliography.  Do not list sources already provided on the syllabus.  You are welcome and encouraged to use on-line sources, but you will be in part evaluated on your ability to find reliable sources of scholarship.  I would therefore recommend not using Wikipedia or other non-refereed sources as part of your listings for this assignment.

(German/German Studies majors/minors—remember to email me about your topic if you want this course to count towards your major/minor.  There are specific requirements related to the paper).

Der Vampir Heinrich August Ossenfelder, 1748

Mein liebes Mägdchen glaubet
Beständig steif und feste,
An die gegebnen Lehren
Der immer frommen Mutter;
Als Völker an der Theyse
An tödtliche Vampiere
Heyduckisch feste glauben.
Nun warte nur Christianchen,
Du willst mich gar nicht lieben;
Ich will mich an dir rächen,
Und heute in Tockayer
Zu einem Vampir trinken.
Und wenn du sanfte schlummerst,
Von deinen schönen Wangen
Den frischen Purpur saugen.
Alsdenn wirst du erschrecken,
Wenn ich dich werde küssen
Und als ein Vampir küssen:
Wenn du dann recht erzitterst
Und matt in meine Arme,
Gleich einer Todten sinkest
Alsdenn will ich dich fragen,
Sind meine Lehren besser,
Als deiner guten Mutter?

In Der Naturforscher. Achtundvierzigstes Stück. Leipzig, Sonnabend, den 25. des Mays, 1748. S. 380f.

The Vampire

My dear young maiden believes
Steadfastly, deeply and firmly,
In the received teachings
Of her ever-pious Mother.
Just as the people on the Tisza
Believe staunchly, like Heyducks,
In deadly vampires.
Now wait a moment, dear little Christine,
You refuse to love me
And I want to avenge myself on you
And today in Tokay
Toast a Vampire.
And while you are softly sleeping
Suck the fresh crimson
From your pretty cheeks.
Then you’ll get a fright—
When I kiss you
And kiss you as a vampire:
Then will you truly tremble—
And weak into my arms
Sink like one dead.
So then will I ask you
Are not my teachings better
Than those of your good Mother?

My translation with consultation of Butler, Metamorphoses of the Vampire (Camden House: 2010) and Crawford, Origins of the Literary Vampire in German (Penn State, diss. 2004).

Required texts at UCSD Bookstore

Butler, Fledgling
Stoker, Dracula, ed. Auerbach
Ryan, ed. Penguin Book of Vampire Stories
Matheson, I am Legend

Additional required readings and viewings—see links in syllabus above and UCSD Geisel reserves