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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDracula: An International Perspective
EditorsMarius Crisan
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter5
Pages69-95
Number of pages26
Edition1st.
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-63366-4
ISBN (Print)9783319633657
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Gothic
PublisherPalgrave

Abstract

We may question the representation of Bram Stoker’s and Robert Browning’s Transylvania but we need to be careful with our contemporary desire to tie the texts too closely to their socio-historical contexts. This approach has proved insightful with regard to otherness, but it can constitute an attempt to rationalise the gothic elements of a novel or fairy tale, dispelling, too, the enchantment evoked in the phrase ‘once upon a time’. Viewed in this way, we can concur with Bloch that ‘literary activity becomes a special form of dream work’. Our understanding of these texts is enhanced if we are able to set a reading which uncovers the progressive potential of their visionary character against the kinds of reading which situates them in location and history and uncovers their social function. This is, following Fredric Jameson, to consider the dialectic between the ‘utopian’ (after Bloch) and the ideological.

Notes

Sam George, 'Spirited Away: Dream Work, the Outsider, and the Representation of Transylvania in the Pied Piper and Dracula Myth in Britain and Germany', in Marius-Mircea Crisan, ed., Dracula: An International Perspective, 1st Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. Under embargo until 1 December 2020. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319633657.

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