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Author Groom, Nick, 1966- author.

Title The vampire : a new history / Nick Groom.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  809.39375 GRO    ON HOLDSHELF
Description xix, 287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Summary Published to mark the bicentenary of John Polidori's publication of The Vampyre, Nick Groom's detailed new account illuminates the complex history of the iconic creature. The vampire first came to public prominence in the early eighteenth century, when Enlightenment science collided with Eastern European folklore and apparently verified outbreaks of vampirism, capturing the attention of medical researchers, political commentators, social theorists, theologians, and philosophers. Groom accordingly traces the vampire from its role as a monster embodying humankind's fears, to that of an unlikely hero for the marginalized and excluded in the twenty-first century. Drawing on literary and artistic representations, as well as medical, forensic, empirical, and sociopolitical perspectives, this rich and eerie history presents the vampire as a strikingly complex being that has been used to express the traumas and contradictions of the human condition.
Contents Introduction. Creating: thinking with vampires -- Part I: Circulating: The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries -- Part II: Coagulating: the nineteenth century to the present -- Conclusion. Crawling and creeping: living with vampires.
Subject Vampires -- History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology.
Vampires. (OCoLC)fst01163968
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300232233 (hardcover)
0300232233 (hardcover)

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