Dracula, A Longman Cultural Edition

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Overview

From Longman's Cultural Edition series, this new edition of Dracula, edited by Andrew Elfenbein, recovers the cultural complexity of Bram Stoker's novel and offers a wide array of contextualizing documents, including contemporary reviews and articles about Eastern Europe, science, gender, and media. Rather than tracing Dracula through all his later incarnations, this edition offers ways to understand the late Victorian origins of Bram Stoker’s remarkable book. While Dracula never simply reflects contemporary trends, reading it with knowledge of contemporary events and debates can clarify what may otherwise seem puzzling. Throughout, Stoker emphasizes that his vampire story takes place not in a hazy, fictional past, but in a sharply realized England of the 1890s. The materials in the sections of Cultural Contexts illuminate the references to Victorian culture in Stoker’s version of this seemingly timeless story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205632633
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/24/2010
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Elfenbein is the Morse-Alumni Distinguish Teaching Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He works on 18th- and 19th-century British literature, gender and sexuality studies, the history of English, and cognitive approaches to reading.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About This Edition

Introduction

Table of Dates

Dracula (1897)

Appendix: “Dracula’s Guest”

Contexts

Victorian Reviews of Dracula

The Athenaeum

Belfast News-Letter

The Bookman

Daily News

The Era

Freeman’s Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser

Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle

Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper

National Magazine

New York Tribune

Pall Mall Gazette

The Spectator

Times (London)

Times (Washington)

Eastern Europe

Charles Boner, from Transylvania: Its Products and its People

Edmund Cecil Johnson, from On the Track of the Crescent: Erratic Notes from Piraeus to Pesth

Emily Gerard, from “Transylvanian Superstitions”

Gender

[Anon.], from “The Age of Woman”

Sarah Grand. From “The Modern Girl”

Science

Max Nordau, from Degeneration.

Havelock Ellis, from The Criminal

Daniel Hack Tuke, from Sleep-Walking and Hypnotism

William Aitken, from The Science and Practice of Medicine

Media

James L. Andem, from A Practical Guide to the Use of the Edison Phonograph

C. L. McCluer Stevens, from “The Evolution of the Typewriter”

Thomas Allen Reed, from A Biography of Isaac Pitman (Inventor of Phonography)

Works Cited in the Notes

Further Reading and Viewing

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