Vampires Over the Ages

A Cultural Analysis of Scientific, Literary, and Cinematic Representations (First Edition)
Edited by Tomislav Longinovic
Paperback, 404 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62131-538-4 ©2014
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    Whether as bloodthirsty monsters or mesmerizing seducers, vampires have always held powerful sway over the human imagination. Representations of vampires range from the terrifying to the ridiculous, but after several hundred years their popularity remains undiminished.

    Vampires Over the Ages: A Cultural Analysis of Scientific, Literary, and Cinematic Representations gives students the materials to analyze the way the vampire image has changed over the centuries, particularly as it relates to politics, sexuality, and culture. The book surveys the vampire legend historically, compares scientific, literary, and cinematic representations of vampires, and analyzes vampire images from a cultural perspective.

    Readers will be exposed to classic vampire literature such as Teophile Gautier's Clarimonde and August Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata. Notable writers including Karl Marx and Oskar Kokoshka provide a political framework for the vampire legend, and excerpts from the work of Sigmund Freud yield psychological insight.

    Featuring primary sources ranging from the Literature/Film Quarterly to Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire, the book is a comprehensive and fascinating examination of vampire legend and lore and how they have changed over time.

    Vampires Over the Ages: A Cultural Analysis of Scientific, Literary, and Cinematic Representations can be used in film and literature courses, as well as those that focus on popular culture and early scientific theories about vampire plagues.

    Tomislav Longinovic is a professor of Slavic literature, comparative literature, and visual culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a visiting professor at Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa. Dr. Longinovic’s research interests include South Slavic literatures and cultures, literary theory, Central and East European literary history, comparative Slavic studies, translation studies, and cultural studies.
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    Vampires Over the Ages is the best textbook for anyone teaching a course on vampire narrative. I have been doing that for over a decade and cannot wait for its publication and to use it in class. Such a textbook has been missing and is much needed. Vampires Over the Ages is extensive in its depth and coverage, yet accessible for undergraduate teaching and learning. A rich vein of class material!
    —Professor Dragan Kujundzic, University of Florida