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Literary Criticism Gothic & Romance

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Sucking Through the Century, 1897-1997

edited by Carol Margaret Davison

consultant editor Paul Simpson-Housley

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Nov 1997
Gothic & Romance, Essays, Ancient & Classical
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Winner of the 1997 International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Best Non-fiction Book
In 1897, Archibald Constable & Company published a novel by the unheralded Bram Stoker. That novel, Dracula, has gone on to become perhaps the most influential novel of all time. To commemorate the centennial of that great novel, Carol Margaret Davison has brought together this collection of essays by some of the world’s leading scholars. The essays analyze Stoker’s original novel and celebrate its legacy in popular culture. The continuing presence of Dracula and vampire fiction and films provides proof that, as Davison writes, Dracula is "alive and sucking."
"Dracula is a Gothic mandala, a vast design in which multiple reflections of the elements of the genre are configured in elegant sets of symmetries. It is also a sort of lens, bringing focus and compression to diverse Gothic motifs, including not only vampirism but madness, the night, spoiled innocence, disorder in nature, sacrilege, cannibalism, necrophilia, psychic projection, the succubus, the incubus, the ruin, and the tomb. Gathering up and unifying all that came before it, and casting its great shadow over all that came and continues to come after, its influence on twentieth-century Gothic fiction and film is unique and irresistible."
from the Preface by Patrick McGrath

About the authors

Carol Margaret Davison is a widely published poet and book reviewer, and a parttime lecturer in Victorian and Gothic literature at Concordia University in Montreal. She is currently completing her doctorate in Gothic literature at McGill University in Montreal.

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Paul Simpson-Housley was born in Derbyshire, United Kingdom. He has pursued an academic career and has taught university in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Chile. Currently he is director of graduate geography and associate professor at York University in Toronto. His principal academic interests are literary landscapes and the psychology of geophysical disasters. His recently published books included Sacred Places and Profane Spaces: The Geographics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1991), Geography and Literature: A Meeting of the Disciplines (1987), and The Psychology of Geographical Hazards (1987).

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  • Winner, International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Best Non-fiction Book

Editorial Reviews

A notable collection... This book is essentially Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dracula, But Were Afraid to Ask.

The Quill and Quire

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