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Masculinity under the influence: Feminization, romanticism and the transformative vampire in Bram Stoker's “Dracula”


2010 2010

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In this paper I question Dracula's position as a novel that expounds and instigates fin de siecle anxiety regarding gender positions. I propose that rather than a novel which heightens anxiety surrounding gender norms, Stoker's text actually represents a paradigmatic shift in gender identity, especially masculinity. Stoker presents a varying array of young, male characters whose self-concept as masculine figures are transformed through their interactions with the titular Count and his ability to destabilize their previous assumptions of gender roles. The young vampire hunters represent the way in which masculinity (and in kind, femininity) is not a static identity, but a mutable entity.

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Subject
Modern literature;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0298: Modern literature
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Ireland; Stoker, Bram
Title
Masculinity under the influence: Feminization, romanticism and the transformative vampire in Bram Stoker's “Dracula”
Author
Lazovik, Emily Dana
Number of pages
74
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0656
Source
MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124033525
Advisor
Ablow, Rachel
University/institution
State University of New York at Buffalo
Department
English
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1477169
ProQuest document ID
518492062
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/518492062/previewPDF
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