Bram Stoker: History, Psychoanalysis and the Gothic by William Hughes, Andrew Smith (eds.)

By William Hughes, Andrew Smith (eds.)

Stoker is better remembered at the present time because the writer of Dracula . besides the fact that, because the twelve essays during this quantity exhibit, Stoker's paintings blends the Gothic with the discourses of politics, sexuality, drugs and nationwide identification to provide texts that could be learn via various serious methodologies. Following an creation that analyses how Stoker's writings were significantly obtained within the 20th century, the booklet addresses no longer in simple terms Dracula but additionally the author's different writings via historicism, psychology and genre.

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The transfusions fail due to Mrs Westenra's negligence and incomprehension. Like Le Fanu's Austin Ruthyn she exposes her daughter to danger and, like Maud, Lucy must endure the horrors of death. The staking of her vampire body is described in terms of both Carmilla's execution and, from Uncle Silas, Madame de la Rougierre's death as witnessed by Maud. Stoker marshals chivalric, folkloric and mythological tropes to describe her lover's 'mercybearing stake' (p. 216). Arthur Holmwood's surname associates him with the holly which stands traditionally for masculine potency, as well as having healing properties.

And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere 'modernity' cannot kill. (p. 36) Harker's state of mind captures the ambivalence shown in Dracula, and, indeed, elsewhere in Stoker's works, towards the past? Harker suggests through his account of the furniture that the people of 'bygone days' were more conscious of physical comfort and, through the imaginary lady's love-letter, that they were simultaneously more romantic and less educated than those of the shorthand-writing present.

149). Why should an Anglo-Irishman have Viking ancestors? The answer lies in a Victorian racial theory designed to reconcile the English and the Middle Ages. When Rupert first arrives in the Land of the Blue Mountains, he recognises its medieval overtones: he tells his aunt that the people are in reality the most primitive people I ever met - the most fixed to their own ideas, which belong to centuries back. I can understand now what people were like in England - not in Queen Elizabeth's time, for that was a civilised time, but in the (p.

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