By Erik Butler
For the final 300 years, fictions of the vampire have fed off anxieties approximately cultural continuity. notwithstanding mostly represented as a parasitic aggressor from with out, the vampire is in reality a local of Europe, and its "metamorphoses," to cite Baudelaire, a distorted picture of social transformation. as the vampire grows powerful each time and at any place traditions weaken, its representations have improved with each political, fiscal, and technological revolution from the eighteenth century on. this present day, within the age of globalization, vampire fictions are extra virulent than ever, and the monster enjoys looking grounds as great because the overseas market.
Metamorphoses of the Vampire explains why representations of vampirism all started within the eighteenth century, flourished within the 19th, and got here to eclipse approximately all different kinds of monstrosity within the early 20th century. some of the works by means of French and German authors mentioned right here have by no means been awarded to scholars and students within the English-speaking international. whereas there are various very good experiences that learn Victorian vampires, the undead in cinema, modern vampire fictions, and the vampire in folklore, in the past no paintings has tried to account for the unifying good judgment that underlies the vampire's many and sometimes it seems that contradictory varieties.