VampiresVampires
An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film

Jalal Toufic

Criticism
ISBN: 978-0-942996-50-0 • $26.00 • 380 pp.
2003

 This Book is Out of Print


“Jalal Toufic is an amazing writer. He documents the moves of consciousness in a way that leads the reader ever deeper, from impasse to illusion to new impasse—turning the trap of ‘what can’t be name’ into a true paradise. Both of his books [Distracted and (Vampires)] knocked me out; totally original, totally fascinating.”
—Richard Foreman

Jalal Toufic is one of the best writers in America today. Although fluent in French and Arabic, he has chosen English as his language of expression and his first 2 books, Distracted and (Vampires), are some of the best writing of the past 20 years.
—John Zorn, Film Works IV

“Most theorists of cinema read, paradoxically, the avant-garde from the perspective of mainstream narrative film, whether unconsciously or not. This complex and disruptive, stylistically heterogeneous and hermeneutically subversive text [Over-Sensitivity] continues the project of Toufic’s earlier book, (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film, in which the exigencies of avant-garde film, conversely, inform a broader reading of narrative structure, iconology, and epistemology. In this context, the author undertakes (an irresistible pun) the study of the previously neglected domain of narration from the point of view of the dead, inaugurating a major theme in which popular and traditional rituals intersect with the avant-garde.”
—Allen S. Weiss, Sulfur 42, Spring 1998


Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of Distracted (1991; 2nd ed., 2003), Over-Sensitivity (1996; 2nd ed., 2009), Forthcoming (2000), Undying Love, or Love Dies (2002), Two or Three Things I’m Dying to Tell You (2005), ‘Âshûrâ’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (2005), Undeserving Lebanon (2007), The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster (2009), Graziella: The Corrected Edition (2009), What Is the Sum of Recurrently? (2010), and The Portrait of the Pubescent Girl: A Rite of Non-Passage (2011). Many of his books, most of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download as PDF files at his website: www.jalaltoufic.com

Interview with Jalal Toufic by Aaron Kunin