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

Posted by admin on December 03, 2009 in News tagged with

in Gothic Literature, University of Salford

New guest blogger

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Dr Giselle Anatol

Daybreakers

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New vampire film coming in January

Christy Desmet and Anne Williams, eds. Shakespearean Gothic

Posted by admin on November 30, 2009 in Reviews tagged with , , ,

From its earliest days, writers of Gothic literature have been appropriating Shakespeare...

Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture

Posted by admin on November 30, 2009 in News tagged with

University of Hertfordshire, 16-17 April. CFP

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Gothic for Christmas

Posted by admin on November 28, 2009 in News tagged with

recommend some books for presents