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Introduction

  • Susan Chaplin
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Abstract

The Introduction gives an overview of the work’s methodology and its application to the primary material. In particular, it examines the relation between law, sacrifice and what René Girard (whose work forms the theoretical spine of this volume) terms ‘violence as the sacred’. The law is posited as a ‘sacrificial’ mechanism that appropriates and redefines the function of the sacred. The discussion then opens into a brief account of Girardian theory (especially mimetic violence and the scapegoat mechanism) and its relevance to key developments in vampire narrative since the 1970s.

Keywords

Law Sacred Violence Vampire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Chaplin
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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