Transylvanian Vampires: Folktales of the Living Dead Retold

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McFarland, Feb 17, 2014 - Fiction - 192 pages
Authentic vampire tales exist in Transylvanian folklore—yet the Transylvanian vampire is nothing like the bloodthirsty count of Bram Stoker’s imagination or the romantic hero of popular fiction. The Romanian tradition reflects the norms of peasant life and wisdom embedded in age-old communities. This book consists of 21 narratives developed from brief accounts recorded by local anthropologists and historians from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The goal is to capture the major themes found in the existing sources. The book also includes translations of 17 brief folk stories about Vlad Ţepeş, known as Dracula. Contrary to the prevailing fictive image, these stories portray Vlad as a wise although strict ruler and a proud defender of his country’s autonomy. An introduction discusses the Transylvanian village and its rich folk traditions, making explicit the comparison to the historic and to the fictional Dracula.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Village Morality and the Danger from Vampires
15
Vampires Among Us
45
InterludeHow to Recognize a Vampire
73
Identifying and Eliminating Vampires
93
Vampires as Friends and Lovers
127
Seventeen Folk StoriesAbout Vlad ŢepeşCompiled by Ion StăvărusTranslated by Adriana Groza
151
On Historical Sources
173
Bibliography
179
Index
183
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About the author (2014)

Adriana Groza teaches in the Rhetoric and Writing Department at San Diego State University. She was born in the Romanian province of Transylvania, but now lives in San Diego, California.

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