Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World

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This collection places the fiction of Bram Stoker in relation to this life, career and status as a late Victorian. It centres on various aspects of his interests and career, such as politics, the legal system, his role as Irving's stage manager, and analyses his work in relation to these.

‘Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World provides an important and fascinating angle from which to view Stoker’s work and his fiction.’
Marion McGarry, Irish Studies Review

‘Gibson and Müller bring a fresh perspective to the well-trod field of Stoker studies by examining the author in the context of the Late Victorian world he was writing… This collection of essays successfully fills in a picture of the man and his fiction, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to expand their understanding of Bram Stoker, his world, and his literary legacy.’
Jeanette Laredo, Supernatural Studies Association

'Much of the pleasure and strength of this collection is in the range of Stoker’s works analyzed... Readers familiar with Stoker will find this volume filled with discussions both familiar and new that will have a positive impact on Stoker studies.'
Robert Finnigan, Victorian Review

'[Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World] has sustaining pockets of original research that make it a positive contribution to the critical industry now rapidly growing up around Stoker.'
Roger Luckhurst, Victorian Studies

'The collection overall offers a broad-based exploration of the shifting and sometimes complex historical and cultural contexts of the entire corpus of Stoker’s short fiction and novels... a valuable contribution to Gothic studies.'
R. D. Morrison, Choice

Author Information

Matthew Gibson is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Macau. He is the author of 'Yeats, Coleridge and the Romantic Sage' (Macmillan, 2000) and 'Dracula and the Eastern Question: British and French Vampire Narratives of the Nineteenth Century Near East' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). He is presently completing a new monograph for the University of Wales Press, called 'Nineteenth Century European Gothic: Vampires, Doubles and the French Revolution'. Sabine Lenore Müller is an Associate Professor at the English Department of Zhejiang International Studies University in Hangzhou, China. Between 2009 and 2013 she held a Lady Gregory Research fellowship at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she completed her PhD dissertation on the environmental philosophy of W. B. Yeats and R. M. Rilke, in 2014 she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the English department at the University of Macau, conducting research on Bram Stoker's literary collaborations under the guidance of Prof. Matthew Ian Gibson. While at NUIG, she co-organized an international conference and two symposia on eco-criticism. Her work in China focuses on contributing to Irish studies and the environmental humanities.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Illustrations7
List of Abbreviations11
List of Contributors13
Section I: Professions23
1. Bram Stoker, Dracula, and the English Common Law25
2. “Receptive Emotion”? Stoker and Irving—Collaboration, Hagiography, Self-fashioning49
3. The Impress of the Visual and Scenic Arts on the Fiction of Bram Stoker67
Section II: Science, Technology, and Ideas91
4. “Sure we are all friends here!”: Bram Stoker’s Ideal of Friendship and Community in the Context of Nineteenth-century Bio-social Thought93
5. Communication Technologies in Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Utopian or Dystopian?117
6. Tracking the Unruly Cadaver: Dracula and Victorian Coroners’ Reports137
Section III: Politics and Society163
7. Bram Stoker, Geopolitics, and War165
8. Black Eyes, White Skin: An Aristocratic or Royal Type in Bram Stoker’s Writings193
9. Bram Stoker’s Ambivalent Response to the Frontier and the American Frontiersman211
Coda: An Unpublished Letter from Bram Stoker to Laurence Hutton231