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Rath gained her doctorate from
London University with a thesis on
The Vampire in Popular Fiction
and her MA with a dissertation on
The Vampire in the Theatre.
She has given lectures on vampires
for the Fortean Times Unconvention,
and for various societies, including
the Pagan Group, Talking Stick,
Westminster University, the literary
society at Newcastle University, and
at Salford University.
She has also made a number of radio
and television appearances on Radio
2, Woman's Hour, the James Whale
Show, BBC Midlands, BBC Radio CWR,
BBC Radio Cleveland, KISS FM, The
Edge, Big Breakfast, The South Bank
Show and many other programs to talk
about vampires. Tina has also
published her own vampire stories
including Miss Massingberd and the
Vampire first published in Woman's
Realm in 1986 and reprinted in the
Mammoth Book of Vampire stories for
Women by Robinson in 2001.
Tina Rath is seeking a publisher for her
Ph.D thesis entitled The Vampire in Popular Fiction.
The thesis traces the
development of the vampire in popular fiction from its
English roots to the present day by examining a series
of representative texts in chronological order.
Topics covered include Arnold Paul and
the eighteenth century vampire panics, the lover in
the night and other proto vampires, Lord Byron and the
vampires, Varney, the female vampire, Dracula in
fiction and film, child vampires and children's
vampire fiction and the rise of the serial vampire. Dr
Rath approaches vampire fiction from the point of view
of both a reader and writer in the genre.
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