THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Bram Stoker Literary Criticism

Dracula

A paper by Marius Crisan of West University, presenting a reading of Stoker's famous novel from a mythical standpoint, with an overview of other critical assessments, including those of Elizabeth Miller and Stephen Arata, in regards to the relationship between Western and Eastern Europe in the narrative.
A substantial extract from the book Dracula: The Shade and the Shadow, edited by Elizabeth Miller, which assesses the extent to which Stoker was influenced by the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler in the creation of his famous Count.
A scholarly article by Maria Parsons asserting that "the nineteenth-century lunar influenced, fanged-vampire exploits age-old links between serpents, female sexuality and menstruation". Parsons focuses on the character of Lucy Westenra.
An essay by Elizabeth Miller, Professor Emerita at Memorial University, assessing a variety of readings regarding the sexological content of Stoker's novel.
An essay by Kristy Butler, University of Limerick, which explores the constructions of 'self' and 'other' in Stoker's novel, with reference to Žižek's notion of parallax, Edward Said’s seminal Orientialist critiques, and Freud's theories of the uncanny'.
An academic article by Gill Davies of Edge Hill College of Higher Education emphasizing the importance of location in Dracula's narrative, and how this corresponds with imperial and national anxieties.
An essay by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University examining the literary manifestions of scientific ideologies, including physiognomy, criminology, and sexology, in Dracula and The Lair of the White Worm. The essay references work by Havelock Ellis, Cesare Lombroso, W. B. Carpenter, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing.
An essay by Eszter Muskovits of Eötvös Loránd University investigating the presence of homosexuality, fetishism, sadism and masochism in Stoker's novel.
A chapter from Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920 by Christopher Craft, which explores, with reference to various theorists and several close readings, inversion and paranoia in Dracula.
In this essay Eleni Coundouriotis analyzes Stoker's narrative from a historical perspective, particularly the role of the Ottoman empire in Eastern European history and the hybrid indentification of Count Dracula.
A paper by Lars Kleberg discussing the implications of a constructivist analysis to Dracula, with reference to the work of Edward Said and others.

The Lair of the White Worm

An essay by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University examining the literary manifestions of scientific ideologies, including physiognomy, criminology, and sexology, in The Lair of the White Worm and Dracula. The essay references work by Havelock Ellis, Cesare Lombroso, W. B. Carpenter, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing.