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Call for Papers: True Blood and the SW Popular Culture Association

CFP: True Blood SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/12) Join us for the 33rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area Chairs of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations ( invites paper or panel proposals about the television […]

Book Review: The Vampire Defanged

When I first heard that Brazos Press, an evangelical publisher, had produced a volume looking at vampires in literature and film, I was very skeptical. Evangelicals have been less than receptive to this phenomenon, tending to lump vampires in with "occultism" and evil, rather than as pop culture figures for social and theological reflection. Thankfully, […]

Leonard Primiano: True Blood, Post-9/11 Spirituality, and "Vernacular Religion"

What might the opening title sequence from HBO's popular vampire series True Blood tell us about "vernacular religion" in our post-9/11 context? And what does this say back to institutional religion? While researching Burning Man Festival for my MA thesis a few years ago the book God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture, […]

Vampire Evolution: Beyond Americanized and "Twilightized" Depictions

A while back I suggested that the development in vampires in film toward a darker expression of the iconic creatures in films like 30 Days of Night may represent a reaction against the popularity of the zombie, and an attempt at reasserting the dominance of the vampire. Now we are seeing depictions of the vampire […]

HBO's True Blood: Viral Marketing and Fact-Fiction Reversals

A recent article in religion dispatches, "True Blood: When Marketing Goes For the Jugular," by Joseph Laycock, author of Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampires (Praeger, 2009), describes an interesting scenario where the lines between horror fiction and popular culture were blurred, and for some, obliterated. Laycock discusses the hit HBO series True Blood, […]

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