Blood Will Tell: Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War I by Sara Libby RobinsonBlood Will Tell: Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War I by Sara Libby Robinson

Blood Will Tell: Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War I

bySara Libby Robinson

Hardcover | March 1, 2011

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Blood Will Tell explores the ways in which writers, thinkers, and politicians used blood and vampire-related imagery to express social and cultural anxieties in the decades leading up to the First World War. Covering a wide variety of topics, including science, citizenship, gender, and anti-Semitism, Robinson demonstrates the ways in which rhetoric tied to blood and vampires permeated political discourse and transcended the disparate cultures of Great Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, forming a cohesive political and cultural metaphor. An excellent resource, both for students of nineteenth century cultural history and for those interested in the historical roots of Western fascination with vampires.
Sara Libby Robinson received her Ph.D. in Comparative History from Brandeis University. Her other publications include "Novel Anti-Semitisms: Vampiric Reflections of the Jew in Britain, 1875-1914," which appeared in Jewish Studies in Violence: A Collection of Essays (University Press of America, 2006).
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Title:Blood Will Tell: Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War IFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Academic Studies PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193484361X

ISBN - 13:9781934843611

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1: Into the Light of Day: The Vampire Legend and its Introduction to Western Culture. 2: The Life of All Flesh: Religious Discourse, Anti-Judaism, and Anti-Clericalism. 3: Bred in the Bone: Science, Blood, and Racial Identity. 4: The Life Blood of Commerce: Vampires and Economic Discourse. 5: Terrorists With Teeth: Vampires and Political Counter-Cultures. 6: Paying the Blood Tax: National Identity, Blood, and Vampires. 7: Seductress and Murderess: Vampires and Gender Politics. Conclusion. Bibliography.

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"This fascinating and illuminating book shows clearly how the interest in vampirism which developed in Britain, France, and Germany in the three quarters of a century before the end of the Second World War was linked with the popularisation of a more 'scientific' understanding of the human body and the role of blood in it. This development was related both to fears about the advancement of women and to the development of new forms of antisemitism and the book thus makes a major contribution to the crisis of liberal values in the years between 1870 and 1945."