This volume brings together fourteen articles that reappraise the productivity of Stoker’s Dracula and the strong influence it still exerts on today’s generations. The volume explores various multimodal and multimedia adaptations of the book, by critically examining its literary, cinematic, theatrical, televised and artistic versions. In so doing, it reassesses the origins, evolution, imagery, mythology, theory and criticism of Gothic fiction and of the Gothic (sub)culture. The volume is innovative in that it congregates various angles to the Gothic phenomenon, providing an overview of the interdisciplinary relationships between different cultural, artistic and creative reworkings of the Gothic in general and of Stoker’s legacy in particular.
Isabel Ermida is Associate Professor (Dr Hab.) of English Studies at the University of Minho in Portugal. She holds a PhD on a linguistic approach to literary comedy. She is the author of, i.a., The Language of Comic Narratives (Mouton de Gruyter, 2008) and the co-editor of Language and Humour in the Media (2012).
“Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts is an interdisciplinary collection of articles put together by Isabel Ermida that focuses on the development of the vampire figure from its early inception as a literary personage and a representation of the demonic East European Other in the eyes of Victorian society to its ever-evolving symbolism in contemporary fiction, film, and other media. […] the analytical framework and overview of the ever-evolving vampire literature that this collection offers is an important contribution to Gothic (and Dracula) studies as a field, and will be beneficial to scholars, students, and those who have a general interest in the vampire figure or the Gothic genre as a whole” - Svitlana Krys and Andrew Malmquist, MacEwan University, in: H-Russia, H-Net Reviews, October 2016
Gothic Old and New: Introduction
PART I - Gothic Spaces, or the (De)Colonization of a Genre
“The Son of the Vampire”: Greek Gothic, or Gothic Greece?
Álvaro García Marín
The Old and New Dracula Castle: The Poienari Fortress in Dracula Sequels and Travel Memoirs
Raphaella Delores Gomez
Empire, Monsters and Barbarians: Uncanny Echoes and Reconfigurations of Stoker’s Dracula in Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians
Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood: An Antomy of the American Gothic
PART II - Multimodal Representations of the Gothic – From the Screen to the Stage and the Arts
Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931): The Vampire Wears a Dress Coat
Aurally Bloodcurdling: Representing Dracula and His Brethren in BBC Radio Drama
“Land of Apparitions”: The Depiction of Ghosts and Other Supernatural Occurrences in the First Gothic Plays
Gothic Architecture, Castles and Villains: Transgression, Decay and the Gothic Locus Horribilis
PART III - Postmodern Gothic – Identity Transformations of the Vampire
Postmodern Gothic: Teen Vampires
Vampires “On a Special Diet”: Identity and the Body in Contemporary Media Texts
Forever Young, Though Forever Changing: Evolution of the Vampire
Maria Antónia Lima
Who’s Afraid of Don Juan? Vampirism and Seduction
Maria do Carmo Mendes
Destroying and Creating Identity: Vampires, Chaos and Society in Angela Carter’s “The Scarlet House”
Notes on Contributors
Scholars, students and researchers interested in the fields of Gothic Studies, Horror Fiction and the vampire phenomenon in the history of western culture and in contemporary culture worldwide.