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

In the 1700s popular topic in the 1700s dozens of

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Unformatted text preview: e A popular topic in the 1700s popular topic in the 1700s Dozens of books published In 1732, 14 in Germany alone 1732 14 The The Vampire as a Scholarly Issue Issue Vampire disinterments challenged the di th spirit of the age (The Enlightenment) Th The Enlightenment (Age of (A Reason) Western Europe, 17th–18th centuries Skeptical, materialist, rationalist Reason as the guiding principle as the guiding principle Could solve all problems Rejection of “medievalism” Rejection of the “Gothic” th “G The Goths (Germanic tribe) had sacked Rome in the 5th century Symbolic “Fall of the Roman Empire” Rationalism wanted to revive the spirit of wanted to revive the spirit of Rome The Enlightenment (Age of The Enlightenment (Age of Reason) Age of Descartes, John Locke, Leibniz, Kant, Voltaire Kant: “Liberation of mankind from his selfcaused state of minority” state of minority By applying reason without the assistance of other authorities other authorities Rejection Rejection of the Supernatural Faith in the supernatural was no longer a sufficient explanation ffi Scholars debunked “superstitions” by scientific scientific observation The The Vampire Controversy Vampires violated a logical tenet violated logical tenet “The Law of the Excluded Middle” A proposition and its opposite cannot both be true The The Vampire Controversy Something cannot be alive and not alive at th the same t...
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