Vampire God: The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture

Vampire God: The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture

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by Mary Y. Hallab
     
 

ISBN-10: 143842860X

ISBN-13: 9781438428604

Pub. Date: 10/08/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

It seems we’re awash in vampires these days, in everything from movies, television shows, and novels to role-playing games, rock bands, and breakfast cereals. But what accounts for their enduring popular appeal? In Vampire God, Mary Y. Hallab examines the mythic figure of the vampire from its origins in early Greek and Slavic folklore, its transformation by

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It seems we’re awash in vampires these days, in everything from movies, television shows, and novels to role-playing games, rock bands, and breakfast cereals. But what accounts for their enduring popular appeal? In Vampire God, Mary Y. Hallab examines the mythic figure of the vampire from its origins in early Greek and Slavic folklore, its transformation by Romantics like Byron, Le Fanu, and Stoker, and its diverse representations in present-day popular culture. The allure of the vampire, Hallab argues, lies in its persistent undeadness, its refusal to accept its mortal destiny of death and decay. Vampires appeal to our fear of dying and our hope for immortality, and as a focus for our doubts and speculations, vampire literature offers answers to many of our most urgent questions about the meaning of death, the nature of the human soul, and its possible survival after bodily dissolution. Clearly written, with wry humor, Vampire God is a thoroughly researched, ambitious study that draws on cultural, anthropological, and religious perspectives to explore the significance and function of the vampire in relation to the scientific, social, psychological, and religious beliefs of its time and place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438428604
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/08/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Vampires and Science 17

Chapter 2 Vampires and Society 33

Chapter 3 Vampires and Psychology: Body, Soul, and Self 49

Chapter 4 The Religious Vampire: Reason, Romantics, and Victorians 67

Chapter 5 The Religious Vampire: The Twentieth Century 91

Chapter 6 The Vampire God: Nature and the Numinous 117

Notes 137

Works Consulted 145

Index 161

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