Language and Societies

ANT/LIN 5320 at Wayne State University

The Power of Rumor: Blood Libel in the Modern World

The Power of Rumor: Blood Libel in the Modern World

E.J. Stone

An exploration into how the life of rumor can impact its perceived validity. This paper gives a brief overview of the history of “blood libel” starting from the Middle Ages moving into the modern era. The focus is on a modern case, which occurred in 1983 in the West Bank, described by Raphael Israeli in his book “Poison: Modern Manifestations of a Blood Libel”. This essay undertakes analysis of media reactions, investigation into the accusations, and determining the believability of the rumor.

April 16, 2011 - Posted by | abstract

1 Comment »

  1. This is positively *the* most arresting title in the bunch. A number of readers, however, may not be familiar with the term “blood libel.” This refreshingly brief abstract would definitely benefit from a concise definition. Given the subject matter, I guarantee it will not detract from the interest in the paper.

    Comment by Dan Harrison | April 16, 2011 | Reply

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