"Trag mich nach Südamerika". Schauplätze der osteuropäischen Vampirliteratur des 19. Jahrhunderts und ihre KonnotationenAutoren
Christoph Augustynowicz, Wien
This article focusses on the so called strangeness of the European East, represented by the literary vampire. By following the well developed researches concerning scene and location of Bram Stoker's Dracula, the question of the location in 19th century vampire tales of Eastern European origin (Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Nikolaj Gogoľ, Aleksej K. Tolstoj, Ivan S. Turgenev) and its connotation is raised. It shows, that the adoption of the vampire-motif by writers from the European East serves not only the attempt of cultural equation to the West, but works as self-perception, as modeling the stranger of this Western (stereo-)type, as well.