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Common Blood: Vampire and Violence in the Age of Nationalism

Fri, November 4, 2011 | Mezes Basement, B0.306

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Common Blood: Vampire and Violence in the Age of Nationalism

Lecture by Dr Tomislav Longinovic, University of Wisconsin Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature

This talk, based on Longinovic's recent book, Vampire Nation, points to the Gothic associations of violence, blood, and soil in the writing of many intellectual and politicians during the 1990s, especially in portrayals by the U.S.-led Western media of 'the Serbs' as a vampire nation, a bloodsucking parasite on the edge of European civilization. Interpreting oral and written narrative and visual culture, Longinovic traces the early modern invention of 'the Serbs' and the category's 20 c. transformations. He describes the influence of Bram Stoker's 19th c. novel Dracula on perceptions of the Balkan region and reflects on representations of hybrid identities and their violent destruction in the works of the region's most prominent 20th c. writers. Concluding on a hopeful note, Longinovic considers efforts to imagine a new collective identity in non-nationalist terms, including the emigrant Yugoslav writer David Albahari's Canadian Trilogy and Cyber-Yugoslavia, a mock nation-state with "citizens" in more than 30 countries.

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Sponsored by: The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature

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