Robert Louis Stevenson and the Fin-de-Siècle Vampire
“Olalla” (1885) as ‘Aesthetic Fantastic’
“Olalla” (1885) by Robert Louis Stevenson has usually been neglected by critics interested in late-Victorian culture. Preceding of just a few weeks the publication of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), this novella has been judged as a derivative work, a story whose interest lies in its different sources, ranging from Edward Bulwer Lytton’s A Strange Story to E.A. Poe’s tales. My analysis aims to prove that in writing this work, Stevenson is probably drawing inspiration from the imagery exploited by some members of the Aesthetic Movement, among them Walter Pater and Edward Burne-Jones.
Keywords: Robert Louis Stevenson. Olalla. Aesthetic Culture. The ‘Aesthetic Fantastic’.
Language: enSubmitted: Nov. 6, 2020