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Talk "Common Blood: Vampire and Violence in the Age of Nationalism" by Professor Dr. Tomislav Longinovic

Fri, November 4, 2011 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • MEZ B0.306

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

 

 Common Blood: Vampire and Violence

in the Age of Nationalism

 Dr. Tomislav Longinovic

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature

University of Wisconsin

 

  Friday, November 4 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in MEZ B0.306

 

 This talk, based on Longinović’s recent book, Vampire Nation, points to the Gothic associations of violence, blood, and soil in the writings of many intellectuals 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 narratives and visual culture, Longinović 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, Longinović considers efforts to imagine a new collective identity in non-nationalist terms, including the emigrant Yugoslav writer David Albahari’sCanadian Trilogy and Cyber-Yugoslavia, a mock nation-state with “citizens” in more than 30 countries.

 

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


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