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The Vampire: A Casebook
by Alan Dundes
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. Eleven leading scholars from the fields of Slavic studies, history, anthropology, and psychiatry unearth the true nature of the v...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 24th 1998 by University of Wisconsin Press
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Vampires are on my brain after taking a summer class devoted to them. This was our class text, and many of these essays were very enlightening. Some were a bit repetitive and ho-hum, but after some yawns and page shuffling, I came across some gold mines. If you're interested at all about how the whole vampire craze began, this would be a fun source to be acquainted with - just be ready to step back in time a few hundred years.
Alan Dundes was a folklorist at the University of California, Berkeley. His work was said to have been central to establishing the study of folklore as an academic discipline. He wrote 12 books, both academic and popular, and edited or co-wrote two dozen more. One of his most notable articles was called "Seeing is Believing" in which he indicated that Americans value the sense of sight more than t...moreMore about Alan Dundes...