Blood Will Tell

Blood Will Tell

Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War I

eBook - 2011
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Academic Studies Press
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.

Book News
Focusing on the years 1870 to 1914, Robinson (Brandeis University) explores the ways in which metaphors of vampires and blood were used to express anxieties about political, cultural, and scientific movements such as political radicalism, corporate monopolies, and women's independence. After an overview of the origins of the vampire legend and its introduction to Western Europe from Eastern Europe, the author looks at how vampires became a symbolic figure of the Other in Great Britain, France, Germany and the US, analyzing the work of 19th century authors, politicians, journalists, and popular entertainers. The book includes a wealth of b&w historical illustrations and political cartoons. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, Ă2011
ISBN: 9781618110190
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvii, 214 pages) : illustrations
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