Dracula's Classmates. Bram Stoker and the strange case of the incidental student

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Content: Bram Stoker and the Strange Case of the Incidental Student
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Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847-1912) - works Drama critic, Daily Mail Business manager, Lyceum Theatre, London, 1878 onwards Novella,,,The Primrose Path, in The Shamrock (1875) The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland (1879) Book of fairy-tales, Under the Sunset (1882) Travel narrative, A Glimpse of America (1886) The Snake's Pass (1891) The Watter's Mou (1895) The Shoulder of Shasta (1895)
continues Dracula (1897) CINEMA; POPULAR CULTURE; CENTENARY -- 1997 The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903) Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906), 2 vols. The Lady of the Shroud (1909) The Lair of theWhiteWorm (1911)
Francesca Saggini 2007/2008 Classe III - I anno. Facolta di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne Universita dellaTuscia Da leggersi all'imbrunire.Storie del visibile e dell'invisibile nel mondo vittoriano. ~~~~~ Classe III. 1st year. Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures. University of Tuscia (Italy) To be read at dusk.Tales of the seen and the unseen in the Victorian World.
Syllabus: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles with "The Adventure of the Speckled Band". A cura di Francis O' Gorman. Broadview Press, 2006. Ј 5.99. ISBN 1551117223. 2) Storie di fantasmi. A cura di C. Fruttero e F. Lucentini, Einaudi 1960 e successive ristampe. 3)The following short-stories:A. Conan Doyle, "The Essex Vampire"; J. S. Le Fanu, "An account of some disturbances..."; B. Stoker, "Dracula's Guest" e "The Judge's House"; C. Dickens, "The Signalman" e "To be taken with a grain of salt"; R. Kipling, "The Mark of the Beast"; R.M. James, "Casting the Runes"; E. Bulwer-Lytton, "The Haunted and the Haunters"; R. L. Stevenson, "The Body-Snatcher"; Dinah Mulock (Mrs Craik), "The last house in C---Street",A. Edwards, "No. 5 Branch Line: The Engineer" e Mrs Henry Wood, "Reality or Delusion".
The Intertext ­ short stories WilliamWilkie Collins "The DreamWoman" -> "A Dream of Red Hands" EdgarAllan Poe "The Premature Burial" > "The Secret of the Growing Gold" "The Black Cat" -> "The Squaw" Charles Dickens The Mystery of Edwin Drood "The Secret of the Growing Gold" Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu "Mr. Justice Harbottle""The Judges House" Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1840s) "The Burial of the Rats" "The Judges House" [N.B. The character of Jack Black, the Royal Rat Catcher, known particularly through the account of Vol. 3]
The invisible literature Literature and the discourses of science TheVictoran discourse of the body Nationalism and Otherness; narrative structure pathetic fallacy chronology desire
Stoker's Short Stories. Suggestions for class discussion "The Judges House" (1891) literature and the discourses of science "The Burial of the Rats" late-Victorian urban anxieties; parody/inversion of theVictorian fascination with domestic or fancy rats (see Js H); Taught in conjunction with Frederich Engels ­ The Condition of the working class in England (1845) Manchester "The Secret of the Growing Gold" theVictorian discourse of the body; the fetish; taught in conjunction with Edgar Allan Poes short stories. "Draculas Guest" nationalism and Otherness; narrative structure; pathetic fallacy; chronology; desire
"Dracula's Guest" Considered by many critics as originally intended to be the opening chapter of Dracula.This view is in keeping with Florence Stokers Preface to the posthumous 1914 edition of Stokers short stories she edited. Context: - Similarities with Sheridan Le Fanus Carmilla - Emily Gerads 1888 travelogue The Land Beyond the Forest - Dracula, Jonathan Harkers diary
"Dracula's Guest": Structure Circular: three textual segments I segment +coda : daylight, Munich hotel, hotelier. II segment : night, countryside III segment + coda : daylight, Munich hotel, hotelier. I: Emergence of the Fantastic II : extrinsication, outward manifestation of the Fantastic. Climax. III: Breakdown of the Fantastic
Rationality vs. Fantastic The discourse of nationalism. English vs German.[...] he jabbered away in his native German. It began to be a little tedious. The discourse of religion. Rationality vs superstition. Walpurgis-nacht doesn't concern Englishmen. Travelogue vs Fantastic: The ground I passed over was now much more picturesque. There were no striking objects that the eye might single out; but in all there was a charm of beauty. Regression and "manimalisation":wolf and man overlap. Role of time: Johanns clock andWalpurgis Nacht Role of weather. Used to explain concept of pathetic fallacy Role of sensoriality: sight, hearing, taste. Sensorial overcodificadion. Chromatic isotopes: RED (lips, mouth, sunlight, lightning) andWHITE (tomb, moonlight, snow, teeth, hailstones, shroud) Textual functions: desire. Invitation, curiosity, will.
The Fantastic and Language: climax. Comparatives: Darker and darker grew the sky, and faster and heavier fell the snow Iterative rhetoric: anaphora, cola,anadiplosis. This wasWalpurgis Night!Walpurgis Night, when, according to the belief of millions of people,the devil was abroad, when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel. This very place the driver had specially shunned. This was the depopulated village of centuries ago.This was where the suicide lay; and this was the place where I was alone --unmanned*, shivering with cold in a shroud of snow with a wild storm gathering again upon me! It took all my philosophy , all the religion I had been taught, all my courage, not to collapse in a paroxysm of fright.
*unmanned [OED second ed. 1989] unassisted; devoid of courage, made weak or timid To unman:To reduce below the level of man; to degrade, brutalize to deprive of virility, to emasculate Unmanly: Dishonourable or degrading to a man Adjective connected with construction "UN-dead" and with sentence The whole thing was so sudden that, before I could realise the shock, moral as well as physical , I found the hailstones beating me down.
The Fantastic and language: hesitation and uncertainty Verbs: to seem and to appear Adjectives: mysterious, strange, weird Adverbs: seemingly a sort of ", but yet" The collapse of limits/the collapse of the known: as of // as though . as of many dogs or wolves; The ground shook as though thousands of horses thundered across it ; I was grasped as by the hand of a giant; as in a burst of flame.
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