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- DescriptionVampire Nation is a nuanced analysis of the cultural and political rhetoric framing 'the serbs' as metaphorical vampires in the last decades of the twentieth century, as well as the cultural imaginaries and rhetorical mechanisms that inform nationalist discourses more broadly. Tomislav Z. Longivic points to the Gothic associations of violence, blood, and soil in the writings of many intellectuals and politicians during the 1990s, especially in portrayals by the U.S.-led Western media of 'the serbs' as a vampire nation, a bloodsucking parasite on the edge of European civilization. Interpreting oral and written narratives and visual culture, Longivic traces the early modern invention of 'the serbs' and the category's twentieth-century transformations. He describes the influence of Bram Stoker's nineteenth-century vel Dracula on perceptions of the Balkan region and reflects on representations of hybrid identities and their violent destruction in the works of the region's most prominent twentieth-century writers. Concluding on a hopeful te, Longivic considers efforts to imagine a new collective identity in n-nationalist terms. These endeavors include the emigrant Yugoslav writer David Albahari's Canadian Trilogy and Cyber-Yugoslavia, a mock nation-state with citizens in more than thirty countries.
- Author BiographyTomislav Z. Longinovic is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Vampires Like Us and Borderline Culture, as well as the novels Sama Amerika and Moment of Silence.
- Author(s)Tomislav Z. Longinovic
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication12/08/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCultures and Practice of Violence
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note9 illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width155 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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