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Draculas Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood Joseph Valente

Draculas Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood

Joseph Valente

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ISBN : 9780252026966
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192 pages
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Draculas Crypt unearths the Irish roots of Bram Stokers gothic masterpiece, offering a fresh interpretation of the authors relationship to his novel and to the politics of blood that consumes its characters. An ingenious reappraisal of a classicMoreDraculas Crypt unearths the Irish roots of Bram Stokers gothic masterpiece, offering a fresh interpretation of the authors relationship to his novel and to the politics of blood that consumes its characters. An ingenious reappraisal of a classic text, Draculas Crypt presents Stokers novel as a subtly ironic commentary on Englands preoccupation with racial purity. Probing psychobiographical, political, and cultural elements of Stokers background and milieu, Joseph Valente distinguishes Stokers viewpoint from that of his virulently racist, hypermasculine vampire hunters, showing how the authors dual Anglo-Celtic heritage and uncertain status as an Irish parvenu among Londons theatrical elite led him to espouse a progressive racial ideology at odds with the dominant Anglo-Saxon supremacism. In the light of Stokers experience, the shabby-genteel Count Dracula can be seen as a doppelganger, an ambiguous figure who is at once the blood-conscious landed aristocrat and the bloodthirsty foreign invader.