By William Hughes, Andrew Smith (eds.)
Stoker is better remembered at the present time because the writer of Dracula . besides the fact that, because the twelve essays during this quantity display, Stoker's paintings blends the Gothic with the discourses of politics, sexuality, medication and nationwide identification to supply texts which may be learn via quite a few serious methodologies. Following an advent that analyses how Stoker's writings were significantly got within the 20th century, the e-book addresses now not simply Dracula but additionally the author's different writings via historicism, psychology and genre.
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A reordering of the physical must include a redirecting of masculine force now regulated by the figure of Mina, around whom all the men kneel as her unblemished forehead is revealed in the rosy light of sunset. Catholic sacramentalism is now superseded as Mina stands as the new eucharistic rite in herself. This is the Comtean Religion of Humanity, which privileges the female and which demands self-sacrifice to the moral law. Later, the vaunted Protestant proofs are re-read and shown not to include 'one authentic document!
54. All subsequent references are to this edition, and are given in the text. Bram Stoker, 'The Invisible Giant', Under the Sunset (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1882) p. 71. Marcel Mauss, The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Primitive Societies, trans. D. Halls, foreword by Mary Douglas (London: Routledge, 1990). J. McCormack in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, ed. Seamus Deane (Derry: Field Day Publications, 1991) p. 843. 28 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. C. Johnson, 'On the Track of Transylvania', in The Origins of Dracula: The Background to Bram Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece, ed.
197--8) Only by her demonic quasi-resurrection does Lucy convince this 'doubting Thomas'. However, taking part in 'combination' and Protestant witness is not enough to destroy Dracula and enable the move to a world where death has no power over the living. Only through physical overthrow of the vampire threat can resurrection for the characters and their society be achieved. This is where the Catholic sacramental system becomes so important, for it is a means by which a spiritual truth is made effective through a physical substance, the bread and wine of the eucharistic rite.
Bram Stoker: History, Psychoanalysis and the Gothic by William Hughes, Andrew Smith (eds.)