Vampires, mummies, and liberals Bram Stoker and the politics of popular fiction
Glover, David, 1946-

Vampires, mummies, and liberals Bram Stoker and the politics of popular fiction

Glover, David, 1946-


Personal Author
Glover, David, 1946-

Physical Description
1 online resource (x, 212 pages)

By way of a long overdue return to the novels, short stories, essays, journalism, and correspondence of Bram Stoker, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals reconstructs the cultural and political world that gave birth to Dracula. To bring Stoker's life into productive relationship with his writing, Glover offers a reading that locates the author within the changing commercial contours of the late-Victorian public sphere and in which the methods of critical biography are displaced by those of cultural studies. Glover's efforts reveal a writer who was more wide-ranging and politically engaged than his current reputation suggests. An Irish Protestant and nationalist, Stoker nonetheless drew his political inspiration from English liberalism at a time of impending crisis, and the tradition's contradictions and uncertainties haunt his work. At the heart of Stoker's writing Glover exposes a preoccupation with those sciences and pseudosciences - from physiognomy and phrenology to eugenics and sexology - that seemed to cast doubt on the liberal faith in progress. He argues that Dracula should be read as a text torn between the stances of the colonizer and colonized, unable to accept or reject the racialized images of backwardness that dogged debates about Irish nationhood. As it tracks the phantasmatic form given to questions of character and individuality, race and production, sexuality and gender, across the body of Stoker's writing, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals draws a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary transitional figure.

Personal Subject
Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912-Criticism and interpretation-History.

Subject Term
Popular literature -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History.
Horror tales, English -- History and criticism.
Vampires in literature.
Mummies in literature.
Sex in literature.

Electronic books.

Electronic Access

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University LibraryeBookER150671PR6037 .T617 Z67 1996Electronic ResourcesE-resources