Post/modern Dracula

From Victorian Themes to Postmodern Praxis

Author: John S. Bak

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 144380746X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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“Post/modern Dracula” explores the postmodern in Bram Stoker’s Victorian novel and the Victorian in Francis Ford Coppola’s postmodern film to demonstrate how the century that separates the two artists binds them more than it divides them. What are the postmodern elements of Stoker’s novel? Where are the Victorian traits in Coppola’s film? Is there a postmodern gloss on those Victorian traits? And can there be a Victorian directive behind postmodernism in general? The nine essays compiled in this collection address these and other relevant questions per the novel and the film at three distinct periods: (post)modern Victorianism, post/modernism, and finally postmodernism. Part I on (post)modernist issues in Stoker’s novel establishes the link between Victorian themes and postmodern praxes that begins with colonialist concerns and ends with poststructuralist signification. Part II looks at the post/modernist traits in Stoker’s Dracula, those obviously influenced by modernism but also, with the help of the novel’s plasticity vis-à-vis the media over the last century, by postmodernism. Part III examines more closely the novel’s postmodern characteristics, particularly with respect to Coppola’s 1992 film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Dracula defies time and promises to undermine any critical study of it that precisely tries to situate it within a given epoch, including a postmodernist one. Given its relationship to late-capitalist economy, to post-Marxist politics, and to commodity culture, and given its universal appeal to human fears and anxieties, fetishes and fantasies, lusts and desires, Stoker’s novel will forever remain post/modern—always haunting our future, as it has repeatedly done so our past. Though scholars of Dracula and Gothic literature in general will find some of the essays innovative and engaging per today’s literary criticism, the book is also intended for both an informed general reader and a novice student of the novel and of the film. As such, a few essays are highly specialized in postmodern theory, whereas others are more centered around the sociohistorical context of the novel and film and use various postmodern theories as inroads into the novel’s or the film’s study.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

A Reader's Guide

Author: William Hughes

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826495362

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 150

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A concise, readable and comprehensive introduction to Bram Stoker's classic Dracula (1897) for undergraduates.

Dracula's Crypt

Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood

Author: Joseph Valente

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252026966

Category: Fiction

Page: 173

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Dracula's Crypt unearths the Irish roots of Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece, offering a fresh interpretation of the author's relationship to his novel and to the politics of blood that consumes its characters. An ingenious reappraisal of a classic text, Dracula's Crypt presents Stoker's novel as a subtly ironic commentary on England's preoccupation with racial purity. Probing psychobiographical, political, and cultural elements of Stoker's background and milieu, Joseph Valente distinguishes Stoker's viewpoint from that of his virulently racist, hypermasculine vampire hunters, showing how the author's dual Anglo-Celtic heritage and uncertain status as an Irish parvenu among London's theatrical elite led him to espouse a progressive racial ideology at odds with the dominant Anglo-Saxon supremacism. In the light of Stoker's experience, the shabby-genteel Count Dracula can be seen as a doppelgnger, an ambiguous figure who is at once the blood-conscious landed aristocrat and the bloodthirsty foreign invader.Stoker also confronts gender ideals and their implications, exposing the "inner vampire" in men like Jonathan Harker who dominate and absorb the women who become their wives. Ultimately, Valente argues, the novel celebrates a feminine heroism, personified by Mina Harker, that upholds an ethos of social connectivity against the prevailing obsession with blood as a vehicle of identity. Revealing a profound and heretofore unrecognized ethical and political message, Dracula's Crypt maintains that the real threat delineated in Dracula is not racial degeneration but the destructive force of racialized anxiety itself. Stoker's novel emerges as a powerful critique of the very anxieties it has previously been taken to express: anxieties concerning the decline of the British empire, the deterioration of Anglo-Saxon culture, and the contamination of the Anglo-Saxon race.

In Search of Dracula

The History of Dracula and Vampires

Author: Raymond T. McNally,Radu Florescu

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395657836

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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Traces the history and folklore of vampires

Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms

Essays on Gender, Race and Culture

Author: John Edgar Browning,Caroline Joan "Kay" S. Picart

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810869233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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Since the publication of Dracula in 1897, Bram Stoker's original creation has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and filmmakers. From Universal's early black-and-white films and Hammer's Technicolor representations that followed, iterations of Dracula have been cemented in mainstream cinema. This anthology investigates and explores the far larger body of work coming from sources beyond mainstream cinema reinventing Dracula. Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms assembles provocative essays that examine Dracula films and their movement across borders of nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and genre since the 1920s. The essays analyze the complexity Dracula embodies outside the conventional landscape of films with which the vampire is typically associated. Focusing on Dracula and Dracula-type characters in film, anime, and literature from predominantly non-Anglo markets, this anthology offers unique perspectives that seek to ground depictions and experiences of Dracula within a larger political, historical, and cultural framework.


A British Film Guide

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860647482

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 110

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This insightful guide explores the strong sexuality and gender issues raised by the figure of Dracula.


Author: Pauline Francis,Bram Stoker

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 9780237524012

Category: Children's stories

Page: 48

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This wonderful series is a quick way into a range of exciting stories, from the chilling tale of Frankenstein, to the gripping adventure of Treasure Island and the powerful animal story of Call of the Wild. Fast moving and accessible, each story is a shortened, dramatically illustrated version of the classic novel, which loses none of the strength and flavour of the original. This chilling tale, told through the diaries and letters of the main characters, is the story of Count Dracula, a vampire who comes to England from Transylvania to feed on new blood and to widen his ever-increasing circle of vampires!

Legends of Dracula

Author: Thomas Streissguth

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780822549420

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Discusses Vlad the Impaler, the historical person behind Count Dracula, describes how Bram Stoker came to write his famous novel about him, and examines how the character has been portrayed on stage and screen.


Author: Crane Johnson,Bram Stoker

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822203261

Category: Drama

Page: 41

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THE STORY: Everyone is familiar with the dark tale of Dr. Seward, his fiancée, Lucy, and their mysterious neighbor, Count Dracula, but here the events take on intensified effect through the heightened action and simplified staging of this fast-movi

From Dickens to Dracula

Gothic, Economics, and Victorian Fiction

Author: Gail Turley Houston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521846776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 165

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Ranging from the realism of Dickens to the horror of Dracula, Gail Turley Houston examines how the language and imagery of economics, commerce and banking are transformed in Gothic fiction, and traces literary and uncanny elements in economic writings of the period. Houston pays particular attention to the term 'panic' as it moved between its double uses as a banking term and a defining emotion in sensational fiction.