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Origins of a European Myth
Thomas M. Bohn
Translated from the German by Francis Ipgrave
304 pages, 24 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-292-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (September 2019)
ISBN 978-1-80073-433-3 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Not Yet Published (April 2022)
eISBN 978-1-78920-293-9 eBook
“Thomas M. Bohn’s book on the ‘historical’ vampire is the rare epitome of a knowledgeable, critical and non-speculative monograph on the subject matter; it is not popular non-fiction, but still a very readable piece of academic writing… a splendid study.” • Journal of Vampire Studies
“One of the major contributions of Bohn’s study is his meticulous historiography of vampirism in eastern Europe…Weaving together historical analysis with the process of Christianization, The Vampire: Origins of a European Myth offers an illuminating contribution to scholarship on the vampire figure.” • Slavic Review
“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
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 Literary Studies History (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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