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Vampire legend A. Magical – relationship to the world- explanation for understanding the world 1. Faith based presumptions 2. Associating persons, things, events based on isomorphism & proximity 3. Isomorphism – narrative created around a perceived similarity between persons, things, events 4. Proximity – a narrative created around things occupying the same time frame 5. Created to make sense of the universe based on exception to the rule B. Scientific – base knowledge on tests/experiments/proof 1. Philosophy of enlightenment, reason, learning, classification 2. Causality – cause and effect 3. Teleology – aim and purpose 4. Natural and social phenomena must have cause and definable purpose C. Nomadic – emerges through connecting various events, people, places; truth through multiple perspectives 1. Travel/translation 2. Ever-shifting relationship to the world 3. Counter-culture ish 4. Encounters with otherness of foreign nations Vampire name origins (essay #1) A. ‘clouded in mystery’ B. Pi, piti = ‘to drink’ C. South/east European origins D. Turkish, greek, Slavic, Hungarian
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E. Pagan dualism 1. Byelobog – white god 2. Chemobog – dark god Nosferatu A. Sprund from seed of belial (satan) B. Uncivilized parts of Europe C. Racial representation (pre-nazi) D. Bram stoker’s widow sued/ ordered all films burned E. Vampiric Characters = jewish appearance Dead and the undead (essay #2) A. Magical narrative – disease caused by vampire bites B. Burial rites 1. Vampire = demonic resurrection 2. Death = cultural anxiety C. Demonic afterlife 1. Asia = cremation/ left out for consumption 2. Burial in ground = Judaism/Christianity/ islam D. Enemies of enlightment 1. European aristocracy 2. Oriental threat of ‘other, uncivilized’ east/ se Europe Clinical vampirism A. Blood drinking divinities 1. Mexico, china, e. Europe 2. Female deities 3. Christianity = incorporation of blood drinking (christ’s blood) 4. Metamorphosis (vampire to bat/moth) Extreme violence
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A. Psychopathology B. Auto-vampirism – enjoys sucking own blood Case of Jeremy A. 1978 – killed grandmother B. Paranoid schizophrenic, believed vampires were out to get him C. Distorted relationship w/ mother Freud A. Psychosexual development 1. Oral stage – primitive psychological organization of personality based on the mouth 2. Milk/blood subst. 3. Sucking v. biting 4. Good object v. bad object Psychoanalytic post mortem A. Dysfunctional family ties B. Dead/dry = need to rehydrate C. Types of cultures 1. Elite - fixed 2. Popular - fixed 3. Folklore – never fixed; variant on pop story o Fluid/ ever changing o Pre-literate story o Projective inversion – dead come back to suck living dry – self reanimation D. Methds of researching legend 1. Literal//historical – reality base of legend; speculate from scientific –ish base 2.
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