The Vampire: A Casebook

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The Vampire A Casebook Vampires are the most fearsome and fascinating of all creatures of folklore For the first time detailed accounts of the vampire and how its tradition developed in different cultures are gathered in o
  • Title: The Vampire: A Casebook
  • Author: Alan Dundes
  • ISBN: 9780299159245
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vampires are the most fearsome and fascinating of all creatures of folklore For the first time, detailed accounts of the vampire and how its tradition developed in different cultures are gathered in one volume by eminent folklorist Alan Dundes Eleven leading scholars from the fields of Slavic studies, history, anthropology, and psychiatry unearth the true nature of t Vampires are the most fearsome and fascinating of all creatures of folklore For the first time, detailed accounts of the vampire and how its tradition developed in different cultures are gathered in one volume by eminent folklorist Alan Dundes Eleven leading scholars from the fields of Slavic studies, history, anthropology, and psychiatry unearth the true nature of the vampire from its birth in graveyard lore to the modern day psychiatric patient with a penchant for drinking blood The Vampire A Casebook takes this legend out of the realm of literature and film and back to its dark beginnings in folk traditions The essays examine the history of the word vampire Romanian vampires Greek vampires Serbian vampires the physical attributes of vampires the killing of vampires and the possible psychoanalytic underpinnings of vampires Much than simply a scary creature of the human imagination, the vampire has been and continues to haunt the lives of all those who encounter it in reality or in fiction.
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    As a book done by putting together a bunch of articles, you will get a quite mixed bag To start with, this book is about vampires, not the litterary type, the once that are real At least in what people believe It has articles about Greek and slavic vampires, psychological cases about people who seems to think that they are vampires and articles about the origin of the word vampire Some articles are quite old, some quite recent Its not a great collection, some where for me a lot interesting then [...]

    Some decent essays in this book if you re looking for about vampires in eastern Europe i d skip the Freudian stuff though.

    The first thing I should say is that this is emphatically NOT a book for people whose only interest in vampires is from the point of view of paranormal romances and vampire films, but rather it studies the genuine historical folklore, pathology, forensics and science surrounding the vampire mythos If you are looking for arguments that vampires exist or that they sparkle, this is NOT a book for you.The essays included in this collection speculate on the origins of the almost universal vampire myt [...]

    This book is a compilation of articles, each treating a different aspect of the origins of the Vampire Mythos As one might expect, there s a bit of overlap, especially in the first few essays Each writer approaches the subject from a different angle, depending on their areas of expertise It s quite fascinating and it becomes quickly clear that vampires aren t all about Dracula, Buffy, Lestat, or Edward, but that certain things are, as one might expect, a bit muddy historically I wished there d b [...]

    Another largely academic book, this is a collection of essays, with introductions, discussing various aspects of the vampire They range in tone, but most are highly readable They cover aspects from the origin of the word vampire, to a recounting of collected folklore, to both physical and psychological characteristics that could explain the existence of vampire lore Valuable for a writer or an enthusiast, though it is a bit of a thin volume so many aspects left unexplored My favorite essay was t [...]

    There s a lot of interesting information in this book, but you sometimes have to wade through a lot to get to it Some of the essays are rather famous, or should I say infamous Some of the essays are quoted time and time again by other authors of historical vampire books, so it was nice to finally be able to read the essays in full I have to say, the author s own essay at the end was horrible I thought he went off on a rather random tangent that, at least to me, didn t make much sense I understoo [...]

    Vampires are on my brain after taking a summer class devoted to them This was our class text, and many of these essays were very enlightening Some were a bit repetitive and ho hum, but after some yawns and page shuffling, I came across some gold mines If you re interested at all about how the whole vampire craze began, this would be a fun source to be acquainted with just be ready to step back in time a few hundred years.

    These are some really interesting essays on vampires and their origin This book can be coupled with Freud s essays on sexuality for some very insightful explanations on how and why we created the vampire figure.

    A range of essays recent and some older on vampires from a folklore perspective Alan Dundes ends the book with his universal Freudian interpretation of the vampire It has a great bibliography and the essays have much food for thought.

    This book has some interesting primary essays about vampire history and lore but it can get a bit dry at times.

    interesting so far collection of articles concerning the etymology of vampire, and the origins and folklore concerning vampires.

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