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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Dundes Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Finally, the truth about vampires.

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. 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 more 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. The book is published by University of Wisconsin Press.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Theodora | 10/24/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meherin | 4/12/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Whittney Mahle | 11/21/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason | 8/7/2008

    " 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. "

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