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Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian gothic stage

Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian gothic stage

Wynne, Catherine, 1971- author

Bram Stoker worked in the theatre for most of his adult life, as theatre reviewer in Dublin in the 1870s and as business manager at London's Royal Lyceum Theatre in the final two decades of the 19th century. Despite this, critical attention to the influence of the stage on Stoker's writing has been sparse. This book addresses this lacuna, examining how Stoker's fictions respond to and engage with Victorian theatre's melodramatic climate and, in particular, to supernatural plays, Gothic melodramas and Shakespearean productions that Henry Irving and Ellen Terry performed at the Lyceum

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Catherine Wynne
ISBN: 1137298987, 9781137298980
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: ix, 195 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Series: The Palgrave gothic series
Subject: Gothic literature; Theater Great Britain History 19th century.; Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 Criticism and interpretation.; Horror stories; Stoker, Bram; Gothic revival (Literature) Great Britain History 19th century.; Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 Knowledge Theater.; Literature.; Gothic revival
Series Title: Palgrave gothic series.

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setting the Scene 1. Stoker, Melodrama and the Gothic 2. Irving's Tempters and Stoker's Vanishing Ladies
  3. Supernatural Production, Mesmeric Influence and Magical Illusion 3. Ellen Terry and the 'Bloofer Lady'
  4. Femininity and Fallenness 4. Gothic Weddings and Performing Vampires
  5. Geneviève Ward and The Lady of the Shroud 5. The Lyceum's Macbeth and Stoker's Dracula Conclusion

Reviews

"Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage does an admirable job of placing Dracula in conversation with the literary Gothic, supernatural Gothic, and melodramatic drama on offer at Irving's Lyceum Royal Theatre. It also situates the novel in relation to the function of science, literature, and the theatre in "legitimixing brutality" towards women as a means of rehabilitating them." - Victorian Periodicals Review, 2015