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In part because of the huge success of his novel Dracula, Bram Stoker is largely responsible for moving the gothic out of medieval castles and into the center of modern life, using gothic motifs and conventions to examine social, economic, and political problems. In Bram Stoker, Carol A. Senf offers a detailed and accessible introduction to the entirety of Stoker’s oeuvre, focusing on his contributions to the modern notion of the gothic.
During his lifetime, Stoker authored seventeen books in addition to Dracula, as well as several short stories, many of which were not classically gothic. Senf’s study is the first to pay sustained attention to these, searching out the gothic elements in tales of romance or stories of supernatural mystery.
As fascinating as it is significant to Stoker scholarship, this volume will appeal to anyone interested in literature and cultural studies at the fin de siècle.
Introduction: Tracing the Gothic through Stoker's Short Stories
1. Gothic Material in The Snake's Pass, The Watter's Mou' and The Shoulder of Shasta
2. Dracula: Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece
3. Ongoing Work with the Gothic in Miss Betty, The Mystery of the Sea and The Jewel of Seven Stars
4. Gothic-tinged Romances: The Man, Lady Athlyne and The Lady of the Shroud
5. Stoker's Return to the Gothic in Famous Impostors and The Lair of the White Worm