Post/Modern Dracula: From Victorian Themes to Postmodern Praxis John S. Bak

ISBN: 9781282191204

Published: January 11th 2010

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162 pages


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Post/Modern Dracula: From Victorian Themes to Postmodern Praxis  by  John S. Bak

Post/Modern Dracula: From Victorian Themes to Postmodern Praxis by John S. Bak
January 11th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 162 pages | ISBN: 9781282191204 | 10.52 Mb

Post/modern Dracula explores the postmodern in Bram Stokers Victorian novel and the Victorian in Francis Ford Coppolas postmodern film to demonstrate how the century that separates the two artists binds them more than it divides them. What are theMorePost/modern Dracula explores the postmodern in Bram Stokers Victorian novel and the Victorian in Francis Ford Coppolas postmodern film to demonstrate how the century that separates the two artists binds them more than it divides them.

What are the postmodern elements of Stokers novel? Where are the Victorian traits in Coppolas film? Is there a postmodern gloss on those Victorian traits? And can there be a Victorian directive behind postmodernism in general? The nine essays compiled in this collection address these and other relevant questions per the novel and the film at three distinct periods: (post)modern Victorianism, post/modernism, and finally postmodernism.Part I on (post)modernist issues in Stokers novel establishes the link between Victorian themes and postmodern praxes that begins with colonialist concerns and ends with poststructuralist signification.

Part II looks at the post/modernist traits in Stokers Dracula, those obviously influenced by modernism but also, with the help of the novels plasticity vis-a-vis the media over the last century, by postmodernism. Part III examines more closely the novels postmodern characteristics, particularly with respect to Coppolas 1992 film, Bram Stokers Dracula. Dracula defies time and promises to undermine any critical study of it that precisely tries to situate it within a given epoch, including a postmodernist one.

Given its relationship to late-capitalist economy, to post-Marxist politics, and to commodity culture, and given its universal appeal to human fears and anxieties, fetishes and fantasies, lusts and desires, Stokers novel will forever remain post/modernalways haunting our future, as it has repeatedly done so our past.Though scholars of Dracula and Gothic literature in general will find some of the essays innovative and engaging per todays literary criticism, the book is also intended for both an informed general reader and a novice student of the novel and of the film.

As such, a few essays are highly specialized in postmodern theory, whereas others are more centered around the sociohistorical context of the novel and film and use various postmodern theories as inroads into the novels or the films study.



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