The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora

The Things That Fly in the Night explores images of vampirism in Caribbean and African diasporic folk traditions and in contemporary fiction Giselle Liza Anatol focuses on the figure of the soucouyant, or Old Hag an aged woman by day who sheds her skin during night s darkest hours in order to fly about her community and suck the blood of her unwitting victims In contrastThe Things That Fly in the Night explores images of vampirism in Caribbean and African diasporic folk traditions and in contemporary fiction Giselle Liza Anatol focuses on the figure of the soucouyant, or Old Hag an aged woman by day who sheds her skin during night s darkest hours in order to fly about her community and suck the blood of her unwitting victims In contrast to the glitz, glamour, and seductiveness of conventional depictions of the European vampire, the soucouyant triggers unease about old age and female power Tracing relevant folklore through the English and French speaking Caribbean, the U.S Deep South, and parts of West Africa, Anatol shows how tales of the nocturnal female bloodsuckers not only entertain and encourage obedience in pre adolescent listeners, but also work to instill particular values about women s proper place and behaviors in society at large Alongside traditional legends, Anatol considers the explosion of soucouyant and other vampire narratives among writers of Caribbean and African heritage who in the past twenty years have rejected the demonic image of the character and used her instead to urge for female mobility, racial and cultural empowerment, and anti colonial resistance Texts include work by authors as diverse as Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, U.S National Book Award winner Edwidge Danticat, and science fiction fantasy writers Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson.
The Things That Fly in the Night Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum Caribbean and African Diaspora The Things That Fly in the Night explores images of vampirism in Caribbean and African diasporic folk traditions and in contemporary fiction Giselle Liza Anatol focuses on the figure of the soucouyant

  • Title: The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora
  • Author: Giselle Liza Anatol
  • ISBN: 9780813565736
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Oh man, this book is amazing! It completely changed/ expanded my thinking about vampires as a subject of cultural fascination. She focuses on representations of female vampires in the folklore of the African-Caribbean diaspora (hence title), particularly the Soucouyant, but the ideas in this book can be applied to many images of the monstrous, transgressive, hypersexualize female body. If you are interested in gender issues and/or want to understand why you are so keen on vampire horror stories, [...]

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