Lecture 13 - Literary Vampire in the 18th & 19th Century

and suck the blood of all thy race there from thy

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Unformatted text preview: 813) The Giaour loves Leila, a member of Hassan’s harem Hassan has her tied in a sack and thrown into the sea into the sea Byron’s “The Giaour” (1813) “Th Gi (1813) The Giaour kills Hassan, who, before dying, curses the Giaour to become a vampire Byron’s “The Giaour” (1813) “Th Gi (1813) “Thy corpse shall from its tomb be rent... And suck the blood of all thy race; There from thy daughter, sister, wife, At midnight drain the daughter, stream of life; Yet loathe the banquet which perforce Must feed thy livid living corpse perforce Must feed thy livid living corpse...” Byron’s “The Giaour” (1813) “Th Gi (1813) Recalls Greek curses Byron knew Greek culture well knew Greek culture well Died in Greece during Greek War of Independence Independence Byron’s “The Giaour” (1813) “Th Gi (1813) Vampire is folklore-like Preys on its relatives on its relatives Deprived of freedom of moral choice Byron’s “The Giaour” (1813) “Th Gi (1813) But not just instinctive killer Filled with horror at its actions with horror at its actions First “remorseful vampire” Byron’s “The Giaour” (1813) “Th Gi (1813) Vampire = moral metaphor (literary) People who know only hate who know only hate See in everything only “the blackness of [their own] bosom” [their own] bosom Curiously, the next literary vampire was based on Byron himself...
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