Bram Stoker's Dracula: Sucking Through the Century, by Carol M. Davison

By Carol M. Davison

In 1897, Archibald Constable & corporation released a unique through the unheralded Bram Stoker. That novel, Dracula, has long past directly to turn into possibly the main influential novel of all time. To commemorate the centennial of that fab novel, Carol Margaret Davison has introduced jointly this choice of essays through the various world's best students. The essays study Stoker's unique novel and rejoice its legacy in pop culture. the continued presence of Dracula and vampire fiction and movies presents evidence that, as Davison writes, Dracula is "alive and sucking."

"Dracula is a Gothic mandala, an enormous layout during which a number of reflections of the weather of the style are configured in stylish units of symmetries. it's also a type of lens, bringing concentration and compression to various Gothic motifs, together with not just vampirism yet insanity, the evening, spoiled innocence, illness in nature, sacrilege, cannibalism, necrophilia, psychic projection, the succubus, the incubus, the damage, and the tomb. collecting up and unifying all that got here prior to it, and casting its nice shadow over all that got here and maintains to come back after, its effect on twentieth-century Gothic fiction and movie is exclusive and irresistible."

-from the Preface via Patrick McGrath

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The Order of the Vampyre of the Temple of Set. 1992. Yeazell, Ruth Bernard. " Rev. of Queen Victoria's Secrets, by Adrienne Munich. London Review of Books 1 August 1996: 10-11. " (Parson 231-232) RAM STOKER CAME LATE TO THE VAMPIRE. BY THE time Dracula was published in 1897, the undead predator had long been a staple of Gothic fiction and, before that, a familiar figure in the folklore of Central Europe. In that incarnation he was not an aristocrat but a plump Slavic peasant in a dirty linen shroud, with long fingernails, a stubbly beard, and a ruddy, swollen face with his mouth and left eye open.

Although several contributors illustrate how Dracula continues to be used as a fable of social control in the twentieth century, in certain cases, as with Werner Herzog's 1979 film Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Phantom of the Night), the traditional dichotomies of us/them, good/evil are terrifyingly blurred. As Jake Brown and Nina Auerbach independently illustrate, some twentieth-century writers and filmmakers have recognised that "there are social forces more frightening than Dracula" (Auerbach 155).

7 In an environment where Gothic classifications continue to proliferate, Robert Druce has recently introduced the category of porno-Gothic. " 8 RJ. Dingley's essay, "Count Dracula and the Martians," provides an intriguing comparison between Stoker's Gothic thriller and another of Wells's novels, The War of the Worlds, which was serialised in Pearson's Magazine in 1897, the same year as Dracula's publication. Dingley classifies both works as invasion stories, a fictional sub-genre popular in fin de siecle Europe.

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