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Stoker and Neo-Draculas

  • Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
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Abstract

This chapter discusses a group of novels that simultaneously cannibalise both Bram Stoker’s biography and his canonical Gothic novel, Dracula (1897), which itself centres on vampiric cannibalism. The contemporary reworkings of Dracula discussed here, which include Tom Holland’s Supping with Panthers (1996), Leslie S. Klinger’s The New Annotated Dracula (2008) and Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt’s Dracula the Un-Dead (2009), appropriate Stoker himself in a refracted version of the vampire story and envision new sources for the original novel (that is, other than the Victorian novelist’s own imagination and research), thereby challenging Stoker’s authorial status. This dual postmodernist cannibalism of the text and the author raises questions about authenticity, authorship, originality and literary influence.

Keywords

Adaptation Dracula Cannibalism Bram stoker Neo-Victorian Victorian 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
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  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

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