Eva Thury, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Office: 5035 MacAlister Hall
Phone: (215) 895-1711
- Ph.D., Classics, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
- M.S., Information Science, Drexel University, 1987
Lately I am writing about the vampire as a hero figure. Although Stephenie Meyer has played large in our sense of the vampire, her romantic bloodsuckers are not the only revenants we are telling stories about. We have bloodthirsty vampires galore, as well as zombies, zombies everywhere. I am investigating the relationship of our recent stories to 19th century vampires and studying what the newer stories say about our culture. My other project these days is putting the finishing touches on the translation from the Hungarian of ethnographical accounts collected by Sándor Bacskai in Egy Lépés Jeruzsálem Felé (One Step Toward Jerusalem). This is a volume of stories told by ethnic Hungarian Orthodox Jews living in Hungary and neighboring countries. It focuses on their lives during and after World War II, and includes many poignant and inspiring stories about individuals struggling to maintain their tradition and identity amidst the genocide of the war and the decades of persecution and repression which followed it.