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'The British Vampire's Slavic Roots'

Thomas Jesus Garza, Texas Language Center

Fri, January 22, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

Bram Stoker can be credited with creating the modern Western vampire, but his vision of the legendary monster would not have been possible without the historical accounts of real-life figures from Eastern Europe.  Tom Garza will reveal the origins and history of the vampire in Europe and Britain from the nineteenth century through the twentieth.  The myth pervades popular culture to the present day.

Thomas Jesus Garza is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Director of the Texas Language Center.  He received his Ed.D from Harvard University in foreign language education.  He teaches courses in Russian language, culture, and literature, including a popular course on the history of the vampire.  He is working on a book on Russian and Mexican contemporary film.

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