The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend

The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend

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This book presents the vampire as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire (such as Dracula), or 20th and 21st-century film versions. Instead, we find examples of vampires from literally around the world: each culture and age reshaping the legend in its own image and even seeking psychological and scientific explanations to explain the phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611475807
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barbara Brodman is professor of humanities at Nova Southeastern University. She has published a variety of scholarly works that deal with international arts and affairs.

James E. Doan is professor of humanities at Nova Southeastern University, where he teaches courses in literature, the arts, folklore and mythology, including a course on the vampire that he has taught for twenty years.

Table of Contents



Barbara Brodman and James E Doan, Introduction

Part 1: The Western Vampire: From Draugr to Dracula

Matthias Teichert,“Draugula”: The draugr in Old Norse-Icelandic Saga Literature and His Relationship to the Post-Medieval Vampire Myth

Paul E. H. Davis, Dracula Anticipated: The “Undead” in Anglo-Irish Literature

Alexis M. Milmine, Retracing the Shambling Steps of the Undead: The Blended Folkloric Elements of Vampirism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Cristina Artenie, Dracula’s Kitchen: A Glossary of Transylvanian Cuisine, Language and Ethnography

Part 2: Medical Explanations for the Vampire

Edward O. Keith, Biomedical Origins of Vampirism

Leo Ruickbie, Evidence for the Undead: The Role of Medical Investigation in the 18th-Century Vampire Epidemic

Clemens Ruthner, Undead Feedback: Adaptations and Echoes of Johann Flückinger’s Report, Visum et Repertum (1732), until the Millennium

Part 3: The Female Vampire in World Myth and the Arts

Nancy Schumann, Women with Bite: Tracing Vampire Women from Lilith to Twilight

Angela Tumini, Vampiresse: Embodiment of Sensuality and Erotic Horror in Carl Th. Dreyer’s Vampyr and Mario Bava’s The Mask of Satan

James E. Doan, The Vampire in Native American and Mesoamerican Lore

Katherine Allocco, Vampiric Viragoes: Villainizing and Sexualizing Arthurian Women in Dracula vs. King Arthur (2005)

Jamieson Ridenhour,‘If I Wasn’t a Girl, Would You Like Me Anyway?’ Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Alfredson’s Let the Right One In

Part 4: Old and New World Manifestations of the Vampire

Masaya Shimokusu, A Cultural Dynasty of Beautiful Vampires: Japan’s Acceptance, Modifications and Adaptations of Vampires

Tomas Jesús Garza, From Russia with Blood: Imagining the Vampire in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture

Adriana Gordillo, Dracula Comes to Mexico: Carlos Fuentes’ “Vlad,” Echoes of Origins, and the Return of Colonialism

Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández and Claudia Schaefer, Sublime Horror: Transparency, Melodrama and the Mise-en-Scène of Two Mexican Vampire Films


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