I Am Legend and Context

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I Am Legend and Context

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  1. I Am Legend

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    • Context
  2. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • Aim
    • To understand how the context of the novel’s production influences how it was written.
  3. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • Key Terms
    • Context
    • Post-apocalyptic
    • Dystopia
    • Discourse
  4. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • The Novel
    • I Am Legend is set in a post-apocalyptic world.
    • The novel was written soon after WWII and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  5. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • The Significance
    • Science and horror are often not far apart.
    • The vampire moves from the discourse of supernatural myth to the discourse of science
  6. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • The American Dream
    • Written in 1954
    • The novel is set firstly in 1976 – the year of America’s bicentennial
    • Everything in the novel is set up in a way that has the American Dream turned into a nightmare
  7. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • Fear of Communism
    • 1954 – the beginning of the Cold War
    • Fear of communism
    • Communist ‘witch-hunts’
    • Vampires represent the communist ‘other’
  8. I Am Legend

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    • Context
    • Changing Contexts
    • The vampire other can be reinterpreted in new readers’ contexts in terms of any group that threatens the status quo
  9. I Am Legend

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    • Context