Dracula (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series) / Edition 1

Dracula (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series) / Edition 1

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by Bram Stoker
     
 

The punctured throat, the coffin lid slowly opening, the unholy shriek as the stake pierces the heart—these are just a few of the chilling images Bram Stoker unleashed upon the world with his 1897 masterpiece, Dracula. Inspired by the folk legend of nosferatu, the undead, Stoker created a timeless tale of gothic horror and romance that has

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The punctured throat, the coffin lid slowly opening, the unholy shriek as the stake pierces the heart—these are just a few of the chilling images Bram Stoker unleashed upon the world with his 1897 masterpiece, Dracula. Inspired by the folk legend of nosferatu, the undead, Stoker created a timeless tale of gothic horror and romance that has enthralled and terrified readers ever since.

A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written — and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312241704
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
622
Sales rank:
945,890
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 8.13(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
 
Part One  
Dracula: The Complete Text in Cultural Context

Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text (1897)
Contextual  Documents

     “The Irish Vampire” (1885)
     “The English Vampire” (1885)
     “The Two Parnells” (1890)
     “The Irish Frankenstein” (1882)
     Richard F. Burton, from Vikram and the Vampire, or Tales of Hindu Devilry (1870)
     Major E. C. Johnson, from On the Track of the Crescent, Erratic Notes from the Paraeus to Pesth (1885)
     Sabine Baring-Gould, from The Book of Were-wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition (1865)
     Emily Gerard, from The Land Beyond the Forest:  Facts, Figures, and Fancies from Transylvania (1888)
     Cesare Lombroso, from Criminal Man (1911)
     Max Nordau, from Degeneration (1892)
     Richard von Krafft-Ebing, from Psychopathia Sexualis, with Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study (1893; English Translation of Seventh German Edition)
     Rudyard Kipling, “The Vampire” (1897)
     Walter Pater, “La Giaconda,” from The Renaissance (1873; fourth edition, 1894)
     Karl Marx, from Capital, Volume I (1867)
     Friedrich Neitzsche, from Joyful Wisdom, Book V (1896)
     James Frazer, from “On Certain Burial Customs as Illustrative of the Primitive Theory of the Soul” (1886)
     Encyclopedia Britannica, Ninth Edition, “Vampire” (1888)
 
Part Two
Dracula: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism

A Critical History of Dracula
Gender Criticism and Dracula

     What Is Gender Criticism?
     Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
     A Gender Critic's Perspective:
          Sos Eltis, Corruption of the Blood and Degeneration of the Race: Dracula and Policing the Borders of Gender
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Dracula 
     What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
     Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
     A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
          Dennis Foster, “The little children can be bitten”: A Hunger for Dracula
The New Historicism and Dracula
     What Is the New Historicism?
     The New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
     A New Historical Perspective:
          Gregory Castle, Ambivalence and Ascendancy in Dracula
Deconstruction and Dracula
     What Is Deconstruction?
     Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
     A Deconstructive Perspective:
          John Paul Riquelme, Doubling and Repetition/Realism and Closure in Dracula
Combining Critical Perspectives on Dracula
          Jennifer Wicke, Vampiric Typewriting: Dracula and Its Media
 
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors

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