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留学生课程essay:《夜访吸血鬼》中的哥特元素

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留学生课程essay:《夜访吸血鬼》中的哥特元素

Gothic is originally a Germanic tribe. In Late Medieval it refers to a style of art and architecture. In 1764, gothic literature came into being. Today, there are gothic music, gothic movie, gothic clothes, etc. The term “gothic” is more and more popular.
Gothic literature is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. The literary Gothic embodies an appreciation of the joys of extreme emotion, the thrills of fearfulness and awe inherent in the sublime, and a quest for atmosphere. The ruins of gothic buildings give rise to multiple linked emotions by representing the inevitable decay and collapse of human creations.
Anne Rice is a best-selling American author of gothic and religious-themed books. Her works have had a major influence on the "Goth" movement. One of her masterpieces, Interview with the Vampire, has a prominent influence on present Goth culture.
 
 I. Anne Rice and Interview with the Vampire
 1.1 Anne Rice, a Best-Selling American Author of Gothic Books
 Born in Howard Allen O’Brien on October 4, 1941, Anne began college at Texas Woman's University in Denton. She later attended San Francisco State University and obtained a B.A. in Political Science. She was married to poet and painter Stan Rice (her childhood sweetheart). Anne had a disease named type1 diabetes. She did a lifelong battle with her weight as well as depression due to the long illness and subsequent death of her husband. Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provided her with constant inspiration for her work.
 Anne Rice wrote and published many novels including the Vampire Chronicles, and most of them are very popular. Of many distinguished writers, Anne Rice is one of America's most read and celebrated authors, and she is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.
1.2 Interview with the Vampire, a Prominent Influence on Present Goth Culture
 Published in 1976, Interview with the Vampire quickly became a cult success, and a prominent influence on present Goth culture. The novel was set apart from its predecessors of the vampire genre by its confessional tone from the vampire's perspective, touching on existential despair and the sheer boredom of lifeless immortality.
 Interview with the Vampire is a story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he becomes a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he becomes indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even "settle down" for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia's struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand them, and someone who knows what and why they are.(责任编辑:cari)


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