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The Vampire: Origins of a European Myth

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The Vampire

Origins of a European Myth

Thomas M. Bohn
Translated from the German by Francis Ipgrave

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354 pages, 24 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-292-2 25% OFF! $130.00/£92.00 $97.50/£69.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2019)

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Reviews

“Bohn's broad and diligently compiled study ranges from the legends of medieval Iceland, through early modern Silesia and Poland, and up to the modern-day Balkans… The author has tackled an important issue of pan-European relevance.” • Sehepunkte

Description

Even before Bram Stoker immortalized Transylvania as the homeland of his fictional Count Dracula, the figure of the vampire was inextricably tied to Eastern Europe in the popular imagination. Drawing on a wealth of heretofore neglected sources, this book offers a fascinating account of how vampires—whose various incarnations originally emerged from the folk traditions of societies throughout the world—became identified with such a specific region. It demonstrates that the modern conception of the vampire was born in the crucible of the Enlightenment, embodying a mysterious, Eastern “otherness” that stood opposed to Western rationality.

Thomas M. Bohn is Professor of Russian and Soviet History at Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Subject: Sociology General Cultural Studies General History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue: From Original Sin to Eternal Life

Introduction: The Vampire as an Imperial Category

Chapter 1. Vampirism in the West
Chapter 2. Vampirism in the East
Chapter 3. Vampirism in the Headlines
Chapter 4. Vampirism in Popular Belief
Chapter 5. Vampirism in the Modern Period

Conclusion: The Vampire as Local Scapegoat

Bibliography
Index

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