Slavic Blood

The Vampire in Russian and East European Cultures (Second Edition)
By Thomas J. Garza
Paperback, 436 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63189-116-8 ©2018
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    Eight hundred years before Bram Stoker gave us the West's most memorable literary vampire in Dracula and long before the historical exploits of Vlad Tepes "The Impaler" horrified Europe, the Russian Primary Chronicles wrote of a Novgorodian priest as upyr' likhij, or “wicked vampire.” The Slavic and Balkan worlds abound in histories, legends, myths, and literary portraits of the so-called undead, creatures which draw life out of the living in order to sustain themselves. These stories of the vampire simultaneously fascinate and horrify, as they draw the reader closer to an understanding of death and the undead.

    Slavic Blood: The Vampire in Russian and East European Cultures is a unique volume that brings together a wide variety of historical, critical, and literary texts that reveal and explore the origins, growth, and development of the vampire myth from its beginnings to the 21st century. It examines the vampire myth within the region of its origin in Western cultures – the lands of the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Russia – and reviews the earliest recorded tales, as well as recent portrayals of Russian vampires on film, to give the reader a dynamic perspective on one the world's most enduring cultural phenomena. This edition features additional fiction and nonfiction material on sociopolitical interpretations of the vampire, as well as new song lyrics on vampire and werewolf themes.

    Slavic Blood is ideal for courses ranging from folklore to gothic studies, and Slavic to religious studies.

    Thomas J. Garza earned his Ed.D. at Harvard University. Dr. Garza is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on Russian language and culture, including a popular course on the Russian fairy tale. He has received numerous teaching awards including the President's Associates Award, the Harry Ransom Teaching Award, and the Regent's Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Garza was inducted into the University Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2003.
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