By Mary Y. Hallab
Examines the big well known attraction of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day renowned culture.
It turns out we’re awash in vampires nowadays, in every little thing from videos, tv indicates, and novels to role-playing video games, rock bands, and breakfast cereals. yet what debts for his or her enduring well known attraction? In Vampire God, Mary Y. Hallab examines the mythic determine of the vampire from its origins in early Greek and Slavic folklore, its transformation through Romantics like Byron, Le Fanu, and Stoker, and its diversified representations in present-day pop culture. The attract of the vampire, Hallab argues, lies in its continual undeadness, its refusal to simply accept its mortal future of loss of life and rot. Vampires entice our worry of death and our desire for immortality, and as a spotlight for our doubts and speculations, vampire literature bargains solutions to a lot of our so much pressing questions about the which means of dying, the character of the human soul, and its attainable survival after physically dissolution. essentially written, with wry humor, Vampire God is a completely researched, formidable examine that attracts on cultural, anthropological, and non secular views to discover the importance and serve as of the vampire relating to the medical, social, mental, and spiritual ideals of its time and place.
“Hallab deals sufficient new insights to maintain even jaded, well-read students , and her wealth of examples and visible enthusiasm for the topic will most probably appeal to even readers with just a passing curiosity within the topic. it's definitely a beneficial addition to any library.” — Journal of the glorious within the Arts
“Hallab’s booklet is an engaging learn that's expansive and informative with no ever being uninteresting. On most sensible of that, she has an excellent humorousness (especially in terms of faith) that could be a welcome factor to such an academically engaged textual content. lovers of the horror style typically or vampires in fairly [sic] might do good to choose this one up.” — Pop Theology
“…timely and engaging … For the inflow of recent scholars schooled within the pop-cultural sexuality of the modern vampire, Hallab ups-the-ante past type and fandom, insisting there are extra profound how one can hang around with the damned.” — Journal of yank Culture
“Vampire God deals a wide-ranging advent for college kids and teachers looking a concise evaluate of canonical and scholarly vampire literature … [and] deals an expansive survey of primary topics and preoccupations of vampire literature through the years that's either full of life and accessible.” — Religion and the Arts
“Among the various reports released concerning the vampire in movie and fiction, i might definitely rank Hallab’s Vampire God on the most sensible. She has mastered the power to combination her dialogue with either fascinating element and bigger social significance—a tough balancing act certainly, and one who few have complete in cultural studies.” — Gary Hoppenstand, editor of The magazine of renowned Culture
“Compared with so much educational books, Vampire God is a satisfaction to learn. Hallab brings a wry humorousness to her book—and humor is anything, it sort of feels to me, missing in most crucial works. in the constrained concentration of vampire lore and literature, Hallab covers loads of flooring, and he or she covers it superbly.” — Eric Miles Williamson, writer of Oakland, Jack London, and Me
Read Online or Download Vampire God: The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture PDF
Best Folklore Mythology books
"Spells of attraction" brings jointly the simplest literary fairy stories ever written, prepared to supply a feeling of the background and evolution of this old style. concentrating on the paintings of the main proficient writers of the nice Western literary events from classical instances to the current, Jack Zipes's assortment exhibits how a few of literature's such a lot artistic minds have attempted their hand at blending the magic constituents of the fairy story - and the way the style has been marvelously reworked in accordance with every one writer's specific genius.
Longus's romance tells the tale of 2 young children, Daphnis and Chloe, who love one another yet don't know how you can make love. round their situation Longus weaves a fable which entertains and instructs, yet by no means errs in flavor. The not easy toil and precariousness of peasant existence are right here, yet so are its compensations--revelry, track, dance, and storytelling.
For ten years, William Sax studied the population of the previous nation of Garhwal in northern India. Sax attended and took part in performances of the pandav lila (a ritual reenactment of scenes from the Mahabharata in a dance) and saw its context in village existence. Combining ethnographic fieldwork with refined mirrored image at the better meanings of those rituals and practices, this quantity offers the knowledge in a method available to the uninitiated reader.
Initially released in 1961, this research of the faith of Southern Sudan's Dinka humans is now thought of a minor vintage of social anthropology. Lienhardt examines the complicated meanings of divine imagery and relates those to the Dinkas' event of lifestyles and demise. From the position of monks to the interpretation of hymns, prayers, and myths, Lienhardt offers an remarkable research and interpretation of this humans and their faith.
Additional info for Vampire God: The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture