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Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (Studies on the History of Society and Culture) Paperback

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"Stories of the fantastic thrive on the edges of the discourses of the real, and White's call for a history of the supernatural is timely. Aside from beginning one here, the riches of African historiography and historical epistemology through which she navigates make this book a necessary and utterly pleasurable read."--"African Affairs

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"It took courage, determination, and a clear mind to make us see unexpected aspects of colonial history, not beneath, but through, stories of bloodsuckers and cannibals. Luise White's book convincingly demonstrates that these tales of the fantastic can be sources of history-writing, giving us access to realities that are ignored by those who uncritically accept the injunctions of scientific realism."—Johannes Fabian, author of Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire

"Luise White is as usual stimulating and provocative. This book on vampires reverses strong mythologies and will make a significant difference in African studies."—Valentin Mudimbe, author of The Idea of Africa

"A brilliant, eccentric, original book. It is deeply researched, intellectually engaged, and morally serious. It deserves a wide readership." —Thomas Laqueur, author of Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud

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