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Twilight: The Texts and the Fandom: Required Texts and Calendar of Readings/Topics

August 31, 2010

As promised, here is the list of required texts and the course calendar for those joining us in virtual space. Later in the week I will post a review of week one.

Required Texts

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

Bitten By Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, and The Vampire Franchise, ed. Melissa Click

Twilight and History, ed. Nancy Reagin

The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez

Additional Twilight text of students’choice (either New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Midnight Sun, or The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner)

WEEK 1 Introduction to the Course

Introduction to “Twi-net” and the fandom

Read the syllabus word for word and bring a hard copy on the first day of class.

Due Wednesday:


Chapters 1 through 3

WEEK 2 Vampires and Vampire Lore

Socio-Historical Contexts

Sexualization of the Vampire

Youth/Teen Culture


Chapters 4 through 9

Twilight and History:

“Introduction: Frozen in Time,” 1

“Where Do the Cullens Fit In,” 227

“Getting Younger Every Decade: Being a Teen Vampire During the Twentieth Century,” 245

WEEK 3 The Twilight Phenomenon
The Fandom

Cultural Studies

Twilight Backlash and Post-Feminism

Twilight as Fairy Tale

Twilight and the American Dream


Chapters 10 through 16


Prologue,  ix

Introduction, 1

Afterword, 281

Twilight and History:

“CinderBella,” 47

WEEK 4 Twilight and/as Romance

Romantic Myths in Popular Culture

Victorian Contexts, Byronic Heroes


Chapters 17 through 24


“Taking a Bite Out of Love: They Myth of Romantic Love in the Twilight Series,” 119

Twilight and History:

“An Old-Fashioned Gentleman?,” 7

“Courting Edward Cullen,” 70

WEEK 5 Constructions of Masculinity

Mythologies of Ideal Manhood

“Genteel Masculinity” and Codes of Chivalry

American Masculinity and/as Violence

Militarism and War Culture

Tough Guise/Guyland

Start Twilight text of choice

Twilight and History:

“Jasper Hale, the Oldest Living Confederate Gentleman,” 89

“A Subtle and Dangerous Gift,” 163

WEEK 6 Constructions of Femininity

Mythologies of Ideal Womanhood

Cult of Domesticity

Curse of the Good Girl, “All That” Femininity

Rape Culture

Continue reading Twilight text of choice


“Taking a Bite Out of Twilight,” Seiring

“What Girls Want: Vampires,” Flanagan

“Violence, Agency, and the Women of Twilight,” Torkelson

WEEK 7 Gender and Sexuality

Policing Female Sexuality

Mythologies of the Ideal Family

Traditional verses Chosen Families

Abstinence and Marriage

Finish reading Twilight text of choice


“Cullen Family Values,” 71

Twilight and History:

“Like Other American Families, Only Not,” 182

WEEK  8 Twilight and/as Religion

Socio-Historical Religious Contexts

Twilight as a Mormon Text

Feminist Theology

The Gilda Stories:

Chapter One, 9


“Mormon Morality and Immortality in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series,” 21

Twilight and History:

“Carlisle Cullen and the Witch Hunts of Puritan London,” 145


“Big Vampire Love: What’s So Mormon about Twilight?, Petro and Mehta

“The Religion of Twilight,” Erzen

WEEK 9 Race and White Privilege

(Post)Colonialism and Constructions of the Other

Quileute History/Indigenous Identity

Cultural Tourism and Fan Pilgrimages

Commodification of the Quileute

The Gilda Stories: Chapter Two, 53


“Civilized Vampires Versus Savage Werewolves,” 55

“Touring the Twilight Zone,” 261

Twilight and History: “Biting Bella,” 26

WEEK 10 Heteronormativity

The Vampire as Queer

Power and Privilege

Socio-Economic Class

Performing/Desiring Wealth

The Gilda Stories:

Chapter Three, 103


“A Very Queer Refusal,” 103

Twilight and History:

The Sort of People Who Hired Micehelangelo as Their Decorator,” 207

WEEK11 Politicizing the Vampire

Feminist Vampires

Vampire Activism

The Gilda Stories:

Chapter Four, 129 and Chapter Five, 167

WEEK 12 Celebrity


Vampire as Teen Idol

Consumerism, Corporatization, and The Franchising of Twilight

The Gilda Stories:

Chapter Six, 195 and Chapter Seven, 219


Twilight and the Production of the 21st Century Teen Idol,” 225

“Consumed by Twilight,” 243

WEEK 14 Utopia/Dystopia

Twilight Backlash and Anti-Fandom

A Post-Twilight World?

The Gilda Stories:

Chapter Eight, 233 and Afterword, 256


Twilight Anti-Fandom and the Rhetoric of Superiority,” 207

WEEK 15 Presentation of final projects
11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2010 8:40 pm

    Just checked prices on the books I didn’t have. Found “Bitten by Twilight” in PB on Amazon for a lot less than I expected. It’s like a few cents less than $30. there and so far, it’s the best in all the book stores I searched. Also, “The Gilda Stories” is also available on Amazon at the lowest price I’ve found. I bought my copy for $3.99; I’ve seen this book sell for up to $84.00 elsewhere and it’s the same book, same edition. Wild, huh?

    Otherwise, I have the rest, but I did buy my copy of “Twilight History” from Amazon and 3 months ago, Amazon still had the best price.

    Gads, now I have to wait for my books to arrive. 🙂

    Anyway, I hope this helps someone…

  2. Ivonne permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:17 am

    Can you tell us what the final project is?

  3. September 2, 2010 1:56 am

    Right now Bitten is going for $101.36 on Amazon, which is distressingly out of my budget:

  4. natalie wilson permalink*
    September 2, 2010 3:20 am

    Thanks Lin.

    KJ, That is the price for the hardback. The softcover is about 30.

  5. Bethan permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:37 pm

    This course sounds really interesting! I was wondering where it would be possible to get the articles listed as being on e-reserve. One (“What Girls Want: Vampires,” Flanagan) I’ve found online but the others I’ve been unable to find. Were they published in journals as I may have access to those through my own university databases.

    • natalie wilson permalink*
      September 22, 2010 11:11 pm

      Glad the course sounds interesting to you!
      The Erzen article is online but the Torkelson one is yet to be published — it is forthcoming in the anthology I am co-editing, due out late this summer or early next fall.
      Hope you will continue to comment!

  6. Bethan permalink
    September 23, 2010 10:38 am

    Hi Natalie,

    Thanks for the reply. I’ll have a look for the Erzen one online tonight. I’m really looking forward to the anthology you have coming out as well.

    I’m sure I’ll continue to reply. I’m actually presenting a paper on gender in Buffy and Twilight later this year so will hopefully have plenty to say!


  7. natalie wilson permalink*
    September 23, 2010 5:28 pm

    Thanks Bethan. My solo authored book, with the same title as this blog, is actually coming out sooner.
    Where are you presenting the Buffy paper?

    • Bethan permalink
      September 23, 2010 7:47 pm

      Oh great. I’ll keep my eyes open for that one as well then. I’m presenting the Buffy/Twilight paper in November, at the Vampires, VILFs and Fangbangers conference at De Montfort University in the UK. Slightly scared about it to be honest!

  8. cat permalink
    September 10, 2011 3:36 pm

    I was curious how a college course would be taught around the Twilight series. I was hoping that it wouldn’t be around the books alone, because the books aren’t like Shakespeare’s work. I am rather glad that it is taking a look at the fans and not requiring that people read all the books either. I’m curious to see how it unfolded and what was learned from this class, so I am going to go and look at the other posts.


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