Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Reader's Guide

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A&C Black, Jul 9, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 150 pages
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Dracula (1897) is one of the most commonly studied gothic novels and has been hugely influential through adaptations in fiction, on stage and in cinema. Offering an authoritative, up-to-date guide for students, this book introduces its context, language, themes, criticism and afterlife, leading students to a more sophisticated understanding of the text. It is the ideal guide to reading and studying the novel, setting Dracula in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analyses of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception. It also includes an introduction to its substantial history as an adapted text on stage and screen, focusing on the portrayal of the vampire from Nosferatu to Interview with a Vampire. It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading.
 

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Contents

1 Contexts
1
2 Language style and form
10
3 Reading Dracula
28
4 Critical reception and publishing history
83
5 Adaptation interpretation and influence
105
6 Guide to further reading
126
Notes
133
Bibliography
142
Index
147
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William Hughes is Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, UK. He has published widely on Stoker and is editor of the journal, Gothic Studies, and a board member of the International Gothic Association.

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