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University Offering Master's Degree in Vampiric Literature

Would you like to get course credit for reading Anne Rice? The University of Hertfordshire is offering a new master's program that focuses on vampires in fiction:

In a bid to make the most of that interest, George is launching, in September, what seems to be the world's first master's degree in vampire literature. "In the months I've been planning the conference I've fielded a huge number of inquiries from people all over the world who are interested in studying vampires, zombies and the undead at a higher level," she says. "I had the idea of offering the master's as a direct follow-up from the conference. I thought it was crucial to have a way of extending this burst of awareness." The best papers from the conference will be collected in a book, which will become a textbook for the MA students.


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Education isn't just about getting a 'profitable career'. Many people do these type of off-beat postgrad courses for their own interest. Why not?
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I'm currently doing a masters in clinical audiology. It is the most challenging thing I've ever had to do, and this just makes a mockery of that.
Considering that this is a postgraduate degree though I guess the university can charge a whole lot more for it.
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I see this as a (one-time) valuable part of (classic) gothic literature but this has GOT to stop.

I had such a vampire fetish in high school but seriously...I do not see a profitable career in this.
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