Monday, September 16, 2013

Why We Love Fiction

PS! Please bring your copy of Reading Pop Culture to class on Tuesday!

This week's readings in addition to Dracula continue to try to answer the question, "Why do we love fiction?" It's an important question to the study of popular culture, since so much of pop culture influences and is influenced by stories. In addition to these readings, you'll need to chose one about which to blog in relation to Dracula for the day we mean to discuss it. Regardless of which you write about, you need to read both!

For Tuesday, read Eric Camarillo's "Vampires and Why We Love Them" on the blog Literally, Darling. Look especially for his explanation of why vampires have remained so popular for so long. If you chose to blog about this reading, summarize the piece then take Camarillo's explanation and speculate why Dracula specifically might have been popular in its day.

For Friday, read Frank Rose' "The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction" in our textbook Reading Pop Culture. If you chose to write about this piece for this week's blog, summarize the article and answer Question 4 at the end of the reading. The last part of the question asks you to use your own pop culture examples to further or refute Rose' argument, for which I expect you to cite Dracula. However, I encourage you to cite other examples, as well!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

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