Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World

Edited by Matthew Gibson and Sabine Lenore Müller

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ISBN: 9781942954644

Publication: December 31, 2018

Series: Clemson University Press

While Bram Stoker’s fiction has been analysed the aim of this volume is to place Stoker’s fiction in the context of his life and of his work, and the period in which he lived.  As well as being the author of Dracula, he was also Acting Manager of the Lyceum Theatre, a qualified barrister, a theatre reviewer, and for the earliest part of his career a civil servant in Dublin.  His work and enthusiasms took him into contact with many other areas of life, including politics and the visual arts, and his voracious appetite for reading   give him an immense breadth of knowledge which informs his novels as well. Divided into three sets of three essays, the major subdivisions of this collection are Professions, Science and Technology, and Politics. In the first three essays, we have discussions of Stoker’s relationship with the legal system, the visual and scenic arts, and his role as Acting Manager at the Lyceum Theatre.  The second section on Science has pieces on the use of Utopian and Dystopian technology in Dracula, the importance of the emerging profession of coroner to the same novel, and the importance of ecology to his fiction.  The final Section, Politics, details Stoker’s attitudes towards the aristocracy, the frontiersman and global politics, as revealed through his novels.

Matthew Gibson is Associate Lecturer in Translation for the University of Hull. 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.


Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages


Copyright: © 2018

ISBN: 9781942954644

Publication: December 31, 2018

Series: Clemson University Press

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