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You can find an alternative cover edition for this ISBN here and hereA rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas Contexts includes probable inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard Also included are a discussion of Stoker's working notes. this was all i could think about whenever they talked about dracula s dirt boxes lol an actual review the first half was waaaay interesting to me than the last half idk if that s weird basically once the plot line with lucy was finished i cared a lot less in the end it definitely was not what i expected but i m still glad that i read this mostly just so that i can build up my horror cred but anyway

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Dracula AUTHOR Bram Stoker

R their varied perspectives Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are includedCriticism collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A Roth Carol A Senf Franco Moretti Christopher Craft Bram Dijkstra Stephen D Arata and Talia SchafferA Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included. I was rather disappointed by this classic It started out with promise especially the Jonathan Harker bits Then all the male characters descended into blubbering worshippers of the two female characters and by the end of the novel I was wishing Dracula could snack on all of them and be done with it I kept having to put it aside and read chapters in between other books but I managed to finish it at last

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For the novel and Dracula's Guest the original opening chapter to Dracula Reviews and Reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel Dramatic and Film Variations focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula two indications of the novel's unwavering appeal David J Skal Gregory A Waller and Nina Auerbach offe. I find Victorian horror so interesting because it s a clear reaction to social norms of the time to the buttoned down and repressed social climate of the time to the new moral standards of the church and the new uestions brought up and hidden away by scientific thought But under the fabric of late Victorian society lay wide ranges of change the increased marriage rate and idea of the domestic sphere for women giving way to the New Woman the upper class vs lower class divide giving way to a new middle class With the growth of the economy came new ideas of English excellence with the growth of scientific thought scientific racism Literature as is usual struggles to react With a growing counterculture in literature came the reaction to such at the trial of author Oscar Wilde passages from his only novel were read to prove that he liked men Soon after Bram Stoker formerly his acuaintance began writing Dracula So the result is that this book is SO fucking weird because if you look at the subtext for than a second it s Bram Stoker s internalized homophobia playing out but then he accidentally makes every single one of his characters read as deeply bisexual We ll get into this in a second as I did promise I was going to weave in excerpts from my essay on ueercoding in this novel my favorite paper you have written for my classes english teacher who has had me for a year But first I want to promo this book to you I absolutely loved the very wide cast of characters Jonathan is such a good man and I d honestly trust him with my life Mina is absolutely iconic on every way Also this bechdel test passes although just barely as Mina and Lucy talk about men a lot than their very lesbian natures would imply Lucy is a fantastic character as well she s just trying to live her life and date three men and one woman at the same time and becomes a demon for her struggles She was too iconic for Victorian literature clearly Even side characters like uentin are endearing oh by the way uentin is an actual unironic parody of Americans and I find that hilarious And the other thing about this book is that it s really creepy The atmosphere is absolutely spellbinding the epistolatory narrative perfect to create a sense of tension and foreboding While all of the characters have some amount of common sense we are given information they often are not we see the dark side in otherwise innocuous details Lucy s section is honestly the most terrifying of the entire book in the best way So let s talk about ueercoding because that is what I ended up analyzing about this novel I just want to introduce that with this actual uote from Jonathan Harker s point of view referring to Dracula How dare you touch him any of you How dare you cast eyes on him when I had forbidden it Back I tell you all This man belongs to me Beware how you meddle with him or you ll have to deal with me The fair girl with a laugh of ribald couetry turned to answer him You yourself never loved you never love Then the count turned after looking at my face attentively and said in a soft whisper Yes I too can love you yourselves can tell it from the past Well now I promise you that when I am done with him you shall kiss him at your will Now go go I must awaken him for there is work to be done I actually cannot overstate enough that this book is a very weird reading experience Bram Stoker waffles back and forth between finding Dracula terrifying and finding him fascinating the characters both fear him and pity him As with a previous influential vampire of the time he represents the fear of reverse colonization and the fear of sexuality at once Indeed it is widely believed that Stoker s inspiration for this character was a man he knew and cared for deeply I find this alternately sad and interestingBut I don t think Dracula is meant to represent one man he is a stand in for the fears and fascination Stoker felt over Victorian society over the new status uo over himself ueercoding does not mean a character is gay necessarily or villainized specifically because they are gay it simply means that the character falls into audience stereotypes of ueer people This tends to occur via three major avenues 1 flamboyant or feminine bodily presentation in men or masculine presentation in women 2 association with sex often in a lewd or perverted way and 3 explicit or implied same sex attraction This happens with the character of Dracula a lot in this novel Dracula is thin bodied often associated with sexual imagery and definitely does not have platonic feelings for Jonathan Harker Towards the end of the novel we even receive this lovely line your girls that you all love are mine already and through them you and others shall yet be mine my creature to do my bidding and to be my jackals when I want to feed 365 In this context Dracula seems to be expressing attraction to women as a means of getting to their men In the time Bram Stoker was writing the audience would have associated gender noncomformity with gayness thus a character who presented as gender noncomforming would typically be presented as bad Gay bad straight good Yet while Stoker certainly plays with the trope of the ueercoded villain the message of Dracula is not uite so black and white Mina and Lucy each despite often having roles in the domestic spheres end up wielding far power within the books than male characters and Mina especially is often coded as breaking away from gender norms of the time She is presented as the practical member of her relationship with Jonathan and the better planner a role that would typically go towards the male partner She is explicitly described as having a man s brain as a compliment Mina is also fairly easy to read as ueer herself her relationship with Jonathan is strangely sexless she is described as staring at a very beautiful girl multiple times and I m me so I read into that and perhaps most glaringly her relationship with Lucy is easy to read as having romantic undertones oceans of love and millions of kisses Lucy writes to her friend 117I really hesitated to put this in the review because it sounds so weird out of context but there is also a scene where Mina is forced to drink Dracula s blood The imagery is that of corruption with Mina s white nightdress being stained with blood Metaphorically this suggests that Mina above all of his victims carries a piece of him the purest character of the novel losing her spiritual purity to the ueercoded villain The audience expectation is surely that she will fight against her inner darkness read ueerness in order to defeat Dracula Yet Mina s newfound strength is not entirely presented in a negative light in fact Mina s new mind reading powers which yeah are very plot device y serve as the means by which Dracula is eventually defeated While Dracula is too far gone to live a happy life perhaps characters like Mina and for that matter Jonathan are notAll this is to say that vampires are gay now and also apparently Katie McGrath played Lucy once and she was and in love with Mina and Mina was Heterosexual and honestly that s just so completely not valid Mina Harker is sapphic and I do not accept slander NBC I am horrifiedTW villain ueercoding sexual assault and uh everything that comes with vampires existing basicallyBlog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube


10 thoughts on “Dracula AUTHOR Bram Stoker

  1. says:

    Two things about this book1 It is a really great and creepy story that deserves classic status2 Everything is rep

  2. says:

    this was all i could think about whenever they talked about dracula's dirt boxes lol an actual review?? the first half was waaaay interesting to me than the last half idk if that's weird basically once the plot line with lucy was finished i cared a lot less in the end it definitely was not what i expected but i'm still gl

  3. says:

    Dracula the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires stakes garlic and crucifixes Yet when one bothers to read the novel it becomes self evident how twisted modern vampire fiction now isVampires are not meant to inhabit the roles of heroes Go back a few hundred years and men believed truly that the vampire was a real immortal c

  4. says:

    I find Victorian horror so interesting because it’s a clear reaction to social norms of the time to the buttoned down and repressed social climate of the time to the “new moral standards” of the church and the new uestions brought up and hidden away by scientific thought But under the fabric of late Vict

  5. says:

    Shockingly not a whole hell of a lot of vampire stuff up in this bitchMostly it read like a dull travelogue wit

  6. says:

    Managed to finish this Second time studying but first successful read throughI enjoyed it this time around mainly because I actually read the last uarter or so of the book which was the most enjoyable in my opinion

  7. says:

    A truly timeless MASTERPIECE Believe it or not I am still considering how to best write a 'review' for this one of my very favorite novels of

  8. says:

    Dracula is of course one of the most renowned horror stories and the most well known vampire novel Bram Stoker set the ground rules for what a vampire should be and set the benchmark for all other writers of the vampire afterwards Indeed if

  9. says:

    I was rather disappointed by this classic It started out with promise especially the Jonathan Harker bits Then all the male characters descended into blubbering worshippers of the two female characters and by the end of the novel I was wishing Dracula could snack on all of them and be done with it I kept having to put it aside and r

  10. says:

    I believe this may be the edition I read first This is an amazing book I've read reviews by those who disagree and reviews by those who hated the format But I was swept up in it the first time I read it as a teen and have been every time since My advice is don't worry about all the psychological baggage that has been tacked on over the yearsand please don't confuse the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula with the actual plot story and characters

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