基本素養 Basic Literacy

To cultivate their spirit of humanity and increase their knowledge of western literatures and cultures.
To think independently, analyze critically, reflect and sympathy
To demonstrate their professionalism, broaden their international perspectives and interdisciplinary studies

核心能力 Competence

Ability to provide social concern with a spirit of humanity
Ability to collect and analyze literature data with various theoretical foundations
Ability to work on academic papers and critical writing
Ability to read and analyze works or academic papers on foreign literatures, languages and cultures
Ability to conduct interdisciplinary studies from international perspectives
Abilities to think independently, to perform a teamwork, to conduct creative research and analysis, and to solve problems.

課程概述 Course Description

Vampire is one of the most prominent icons in contemporary cultural imagination, and all the imagined behaviors and activities derived from the presumed nature of this legendary para-human being (loosely covered by the rubric of vampirism) become ready tropes utilized to describe a wide range of phenomena across highly diversified fields of experiences in our extremely complex modern world. This course intends to survey the multifarious manners in which the topological implications of vampirism reverberate through contemporary thoughts about relevant social, cultural, political, medical issues. It is assumed that the scenarios of giving and taking, keeping and dropping, changing and exchanging of blood—as aphrodisiac, as pledge of committment, as elixir of immortality, as marker of hereditary essence, as agent of contagion—play themselves into various kinds of fantasies that address the desire and anxiety of modern pop-culture consumers in facing their increasingly mystified and risky world. Besides the orientation of culture critique, this course also aims to dead with issues revolving around the customary practice of intermedia adaptation or translation of a text in the pop-culture market. A literary text and its film adaptation are examined comparatively to identify not only the differences but also the ideological factors and formalistic concerns that produce them.

課程學習目標 Course Objectives

  • To investigate the newly rising trend of vampire narrative
  • To explore the meaning and significance of vampirism as a trope
  • To appreciate the variations in representation as caused by adaptation
  • To cultivate an interdisciplinary understanding among different discourses
  • To participate in lively and informed discussions
  • To produce and deliver oral presentations
  • 課程進度 Progress Description

    進度說明 Progress Description
    1(A Holiday)
    2Introduction to the Course
    3An Overview William Hughes, “Fictional Vampires in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” Aspasia Stephanou, Introduction and Chapter One of Reading Vampire Gothic through Blood
    4Vampire Horde or Community Richard Matheson, “I Am Legend” The First Five Chapters of Part 1 in Reading Richard Matheson: A Critical Survey
    5Film Adaptations of I Am Legend Ragona & Salkow (dir.), The Last Man on Earth (film) Boris Sagal (dir.), The Omega Man Francis Lawrence (dir.), I Am Legend (film)
    6Richard Matheson, “I Am Legend” The First Five Chapters of Part 1 in Reading Richard Matheson: A Critical Survey
    7Sympathetic Vampire Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
    8Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
    9Neil Jordan (dir.), Interview with the Vampire (film)
    10Para-human Vampire Whitley Strieber, The Hunger
    11Whitley Strieber, The Hunger
    12Tony Scott (dir.), The Hunger (film)
    13Reluctantly Humanized Vampire Suzy McKee Charnas, The Vampire Tapestry (PROPOSAL DUE)
    14Suzy McKee Charnas, The Vampire Tapestry
    15John Ajvide, Let the Right One In (novel)
    16Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In (film) Matt Reeves, Let Me In (film)
     以上每週進度教師可依上課情況做適度調整。The schedule may be subject to change.

    Survey of the conntent relevant to SDGs

    This course is relevant to these items of SDGs as following:
    • 教育品質 (Quality Education)
    • 減少不平衡 (Reduced Inequalities)
    • 和平與正義制度 (Peace justice and strong institutions)

    有關課程其他調查 Other Surveys of Courses

    Is there any industry specialist invited in this course? How many times?
    Are there any internships involved in the course? How many hours?
    Is this course recognized as an academic ethics course? In the course how many hours are regarding academic ethics topics?
    Is this course recognized as a Community engagement and Service learning course? Which community will be engaged?