Slayers and Their Vampires

A Cultural History of Killing the Dead

Author: Bruce McClelland

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472069231

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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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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East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500

Author: Jean W Sedlar

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295972912

Category: History

Page: 556

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Although the Middle Ages saw brilliant achievements in the diverse nations of East Central Europe, this period has been almost totally neglected in Western historical scholarship. East Central Europe in the Middle Ages provides a much-needed overview of the history of the region from the time when the present nationalities established their state structures and adopted Christianity up to the Ottoman conquest. Jean Sedlar’s excellent synthesis clarifies what was going on in Europe between the Elbe and the Ukraine during the Middle Ages, making available for the first time in a single volume information necessary to a fuller understanding of the early history of present-day Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia.
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The Ancient Languages of Europe

Author: Roger D. Woodard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139469320

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: N.A

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This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Europe, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter of the work focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context. The volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.
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Imagining the Balkans

Author: Maria Todorova

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199728380

Category: History

Page: 288

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"If the Balkans hadn't existed, they would have been invented" was the verdict of Count Hermann Keyserling in his famous 1928 publication, Europe. Over ten years ago, Maria Todorova traced the relationship between the reality and the invention. Based on a rich selection of travelogues, diplomatic accounts, academic surveys, journalism, and belles-lettres in many languages, Imagining the Balkans explored the ontology of the Balkans from the sixteenth century to the present day, uncovering the ways in which an insidious intellectual tradition was constructed, became mythologized, and is still being transmitted as discourse. Maria Todorova, who was raised in the Balkans, is in a unique position to bring both scholarship and sympathy to her subject, and in a new afterword she reflects on recent developments in the study of the Balkans and political developments on the ground since the publication of Imagining the Balkans. The afterword explores the controversy over Todorova's coining of the term Balkanism. With this work, Todorova offers a timely, updated, accessible study of how an innocent geographic appellation was transformed into one of the most powerful and widespread pejorative designations in modern history.
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The Serbs

Author: Sima M. Cirkovic

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140514291X

Category: History

Page: 352

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This sweeping history of the Serbian people starts with the settlement of the Slavs on the Balkan Peninsula in the seventh century and ends with the dissolution of Yugoslavia at the end of the twentieth century. A comprehensive survey of the development of the Serbian nation. Provides the background history of the Serbs, essential to understanding their current situation. Traces the history of the Serbian people from the seventh through to the late twentieth century. Focuses on the process of integration and disintegration which have characterised Serbian history. Pays detailed attention to socio-economic history.
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The Balkans Since 1453

Author: Leften Stavros Stavrianos

Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9781850655510

Category: Balkan Peninsula

Page: 970

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This work aims to synthesize literature on Balkan topics since World War I, and demonstrate the importance of Balkan history by examining it in the context of European and world history. It uses imperial and local approaches, providing national histories as well as contextualising the subject.
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Local and Global Understandings of Creativities

Byzantine Chant, the Ison, and Arbëresh Liturgical Chant

Author: Eno Koço

Publisher: Eno Koço

ISBN: 1443847410

Category: Music

Page: 13

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In music making in company, the protagonists have to follow the rules of interaction and create the cohesion of being together. At the same time, they try to promote personal goals that depend on specific personal treasure troves of experience. These are continuously being modified also as a result of the exchange between individuals. The perspective of the individuals in company leads the emphasis of the investigations to the ways in which the acts of performance, interpretation and local discourse give shape to creative processes in multipart music making and to the definition of the individual, collective and collaborative dimensions in this context. Focusing on the creators rather than on the produced object, the studies included in this volume explore the diversity of the roles, powers, symbolism, meanings and values given to the polyphony of voices in secular and religious traditions based on extensive fieldwork experience. The contributors to this volume also consider the UNESCOs Intangible Cultural Heritage List in this context, as well as the role of local, national and international awards. By understanding culture as a drug, whose absorption is realised within interacting cells, culture appears as a cellular network and music as quite an efficient device for its functioning.
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