CFP Transgression and its Limits. Postgraduate conference

Posted by admin on January 25, 2010 in News tagged with

29-30th May 2010 University of Stirling

Marilyn Michaud, Republicanism and the American Gothic

Posted by Aspasia Stephanou on January 14, 2010 in Reviews tagged with , ,

Book Review

my Black Vampires course

Posted by Giselle Anatol on January 06, 2010 in Guest Blog, Prof Giselle Anatol tagged with

I know my December guest blog period is over, but end-of-semester grading and holiday travel got the best of me!  I wanted to submit one more entry--a description and text list of a graduate seminar I taught on vampire literature--and ask for comments and suggestions for teaching this course in the future.  Thank you!  Course Title: Vampire Literature of the African Diaspora Description:  "Soucouyant go' come for you"-- this phrase chills Caribbean children raised on the folk stories of a diabolical creature who appears as an old, wrinkled woman

Nature Conference University of Edinburgh

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There's still time to register for this conference!

Haunting in Neo-Victorian Fiction

Posted by Matt Foley on December 22, 2009 in Blog tagged with

Book Review

Origins of the Soucouyant Tale

Posted by Giselle Anatol on December 11, 2009 in Guest Blog, Prof Giselle Anatol tagged with

There are many different ideas about the origins of the folk figure and the name.  The word “soucouyant” is sometimes said to be a French or patois/creole derivation of the English verb “to suck.” Trinidadian folklore collector Gérard Besson cites folklorist Ursula Raymond, who argued that the term comes from the French words for "suspicion"—soupçon/soupçonner/soupçonneux (i.e. suspecting of a person of being a witch).  Trinidadian linguist Maureen Warner-Lewis traces the name back to the Fula/Soninke words s

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Vampires from the Caribbean: the Soucouyant

Posted by Giselle Anatol on December 04, 2009 in Guest Blog, Prof Giselle Anatol tagged with

When I was a little girl, several of my female relatives regaled me with tales of vampiric soucouyant. This figure from Trinidadian folklore is an old woman by day.  At night, she sheds her skin and transforms into a ball of fire to move from house to house.  She sneaks through cracks and keyholes to suck the blood or “life-blood”--the human soul, or essence--of her neighbors.  Protection can be gained by scattering rice or salt on doorsteps, windowsills, or around the beds of potential victims:  the soucouyant must count every grain before leaving, and thu

Nachtmahr: Beware of the empty, vitreous and fascist BwO

Posted by Aspasia Stephanou on December 04, 2009 in Blog tagged with

Nachtmahr: Beware of the empty, vitreous and fascist BwO The Stage: Two lap tops in each corner, two performers dressed in military attire and combat boots. One is wearing a white mask, the other one has the typical haircut of a nazi youth. The screen at the back introduces the band as “Imperial, Austrian, Industrial.” The slogan will be repeated through the concert along with images of the Nazi invasion of Russia, quotations by Chomsky, Steinbeck, Huxley on the one hand and John Knittel (writer and supporter of the Nazi regime) and Amelie Nothomb (her great-grandfather was a ri

Graduate Teaching Assistantship / PhD

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in Gothic Literature, University of Salford

New guest blogger

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Dr Giselle Anatol