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Literary vampires to be discussed during Alumni Association luncheon

RELEASED: Jan. 19, 2010

Let's Do Lunch! postcardEAU CLAIRE — Bram Stoker's famous book, "Dracula," is one example of literature concerned with vampires. "Twilight," by Stephanie Meyer, is a more recent example. Valerie Guyant, instructor of English and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will discuss the literary vampire which continues to fascinate our culture during a Jan. 27 "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Guyant will present "Vampires in Our Literature — Then and Now" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Her talk will examine the following questions: When did vampires really enter the public awareness in Western history? Why has the vampire survived for more than 3,000 years as a literary and cultural icon of evil, sexuality and the outsider we fear or want to become?

Guyant joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2008. She received her bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and her master's degree from UW-Stevens Point. Guyant currently is completing her doctorate at Northern Illinois University; her dissertation focuses on representations of women and female sexuality in vampire literature.

The "Let's Do Lunch!" series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. For more information or to reserve seats, e-mail alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266.

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