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What are vampires? The origin of the vampire has always been one of the greatest mysteries. From their predatory nature to their dashing good looks, vampires are a supernatural phenomenon that enthralls the mortal audience. The appearance of vampires in literary texts is a fairly contemporary idea; its appearance in modern day literature is quite common as if the formula for a proper story includes— a beginning, middle, end and vampire. Despite the popularity of vampires, the origin of this supernatural being continues to be contested. There’s an overwhelming need from today’s readers to trace the vampire back to its roots, however vampiric novels are plentiful and many have different histories. In each new rendition of the vampire narrative, the usage of the creature shifts. This project follows the shifting view and usage of the vampire in hopes of discovering its true meaning.
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Smith, Regina Keyha, "Demon or Human: The Various Identities of the Vampire Figure in Literary Narratives" (2016). Senior Projects Spring 2016. 371.