• Matthew Gibson


It is hoped that in the previous chapters the following have been proven: first, that vampire narratives with Near Eastern or Middle European setting are reactive to events in that region of the world rather than being displaced allegories of Irish, British or French social realities; second, that although they may occasionally use cultural valences in order to condemn or condone, they can only be understood by an exact exploration of the historical context and contemporary material conditions rather than by simply relating them always to achronic binaries that transcend the particular date and time. Moreover, it has hopefully been revealed that these works do not always condemn the Ottoman influence in the Balkans in terms of realpolitik, even if, on certain occasions, there is a condemnation of the ‘Oriental’ (as in Stoker’s work: a cultural valence from which, bizarrely, he exonerated the Turks themselves).


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