Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - Social Science - 260 pages
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The first book to explore the origins of the vampire slayer
“A fascinating comparison of the original vampire myths to their later literary transformations.”
—Adam Morton, author of On Evil
“From the Balkan Mountains to Beverly Hills, Bruce has mapped the vampire’s migration. There’s no better guide for the trek.”
—Jan L. Perkowski, Professor, Slavic Department, University of Virginia, and author of Vampires of the Slavs and The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism
“The vampire slayer is our protector, our hero, our Buffy. But how much do we really know about him—or her? Very little, it turns out, and Bruce McClelland shows us why: because the vampire slayer is an unsettling figure, almost as disturbing as the evil she is set to destroy. Prepare to be frightened . . . and enlightened.”
—Corey Robin, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea
“What is unique about this book is that it is the first of its kind to focus on the vampire hunter, rather than the vampire. As such, it makes a significant contribution to the field. This book will appeal to scholars and researchers of folklore, as well as anyone interested in the literature and popular culture of the vampire.”
—Elizabeth Miller, author of Dracula and A Dracula Handbook
“Shades of Van Helsing! Vampirologist extraordinaire Bruce McClelland has managed that rarest of feats: developing a radically new and thoroughly enlightening perspective on a topic of eternal fascination. Ranging from the icons of popular culture to previously overlooked details of Balkan and Slavic history and folk practice, he has rethought the borders of life and death, good and evil, saint and sinner, vampires and their slayers. Excellent scholarship, and a story that never flags.”
—Bruce Lincoln, Caroline E. Haskell Professor of History of Religions, University of Chicago, and author of Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship, Authority: Construction and Corrosion, and Death, War, and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology and Practice

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Review: Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead

User Review  - Rhonda - Goodreads

Detailed research, but repetitive. The penultimate chapter is the 19th century, the final, the 20th. Those lacked the focus of the earlier ones. All in all, a book to read out of obligation to keep up in the field. Read full review

Review: Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

An interesting academic study of the true origins of vampire myths (ie, before the Victorian literary wave). Read full review


Back from the Dead
Conversion in the Balkans
Scapegoats and Demons
Into the West
Seers and Slayers
Seeing the Dead
The Rational Slayer
From Vienna to London
The Slayer Generation

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