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“Things that Make One Doubt if They be Mad or Sane”

Coping with the Monstrous in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Laura Giovannelli    Università di Pisa, Italia    

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This article focuses on Bram Stoker’s landmark novel Dracula (1897), in order to better assess how the phenomenology of the monstrous emerges as inextricably interfused with a late-Victorian socio-cultural background. Attention is drawn to a discursive framework pivoting on scientific discoveries and medical research, as well as degeneration theories and the motif of atavistic regression. Taking its cue from recent trends in literary criticism, this paper also examines how the resort to a cutting-edge technological equipment, such as Mina’s portable typewriter and Dr Seward’s phonograph, can be instrumental in abating Dracula’s vampiric threat.

Published
Dec. 21, 2020
Accepted
Dec. 12, 2020
Submitted
Nov. 8, 2020
Language
EN

Keywords: VampireLate-Victorian ContextMimetic DimensionSupernatural Horror

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