KEY BENEFIT: Dracula ,A Longman Cultural Eidtion, recovers the cultural complexity of Bram Stoker's novel and offers a wide array of contextualizing documents, including contemporary reviews and articles about Eastern Europe, science, gender, and media.
- Rather than tracing Dracula through all his later incarnations, this edition offers ways to understand the late Victorian origins of Bram Stoker's remarkable book.
- Throughout, Stoker emphasizes that his vampire story takes place not in a hazy, fictional past, but in a sharply realized England of the 1890s.
- The Cultural Contexts section on Eastern Europe features three of Stoker's most important sources: works by Charles Boner, Edmund Cecil Johnson, and Emily Gerard, whose "Transylvanian Superstitions" was a key inspiration.
- The section on gender highlights the controversies swirling aroun the "New Woman," whose increasingly aggressive claim to a role in society was disturbing many while energizing others.
MARKET: For anyone interested in learning about the contextual context in which Dracula was wiritten.
Publication Date: 29-Jun-2009
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited