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Gothic Authors: Bram Stoker
Carol A Senf
ISBN: 9780708323076 (0708323073)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi: Tachwedd 2010  Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press
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Mae'r astudiaeth hon o Bram Stoker, awdur Dracula, yn canolbwyntio ar ei waith fel awdur yn y traddodiad gothig. Dyma gyfrol fydd yn apelio nid yn unig at ddilynwyr Stoker, ond at rai sy'n ymddiddori yn y genre gothig yn gyffredinol.

This study of Bram Stoker focuses on Stoker as a Gothic writer. Identified with Dracula, Stoker is largely responsible for taking the Gothic away from medieval castles and placing it at the centre of modern life. This book examines Stoker's contribution to the modern notion of Gothic. A paperback version is also available, ISBN 9780708323069.
Although aimed primarily at ‘students of all levels and teachers of the literary Gothic and cultural history’, this fascinating critical study of Bram Stoker’s work will also appeal to the general reader with an interest not just in Stoker but in the Gothic genre as a whole. It is a genre that has been enjoying a revival since the 1990s, both in academic circles and in popular culture, and it will be intriguing to see whether, once again, a turn of century will give rise to a serious ‘New Gothic’, especially given the contemporary pertinence of the genre’s themes and tropes: race, gender and class relationships, a globalised fear of the Other, nature’s mysterious power, and the haunting presence of the past, not to mention the shifting anxieties of readers coping with change and uncertainty.

Senf’s study is highly referenced within the body of the text and is provided with a thorough index, an extensive bibliography and plentiful notes to serve both the academic and more general reader. And it is accessibly divided into chapters covering Stoker’s work from his early short stories through to Famous Impostors and The Lair of the White Worm, and including both his fiction and his non-fiction writing. As Stoker’s masterpiece and best-known work, Dracula takes centre stage with a whole chapter to itself, but Senf clearly demonstrates that Stoker was ‘an extraordinarily versatile writer who experimented with the major genres of his day, including romance, the historical novel and the Gothic tale of terror’.

There are apparently more than 250 works of Dracula criticism, but I imagine this new study will be as welcome an addition to academics in the field as it is to the general reader.

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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Tabl Cynnwys:
Introduction: Tracing the Gothic through Stoker’s Short Stories
Chapter 1: Gothic Material in The Snake’s Pass, The Watter’s Mou and The Shoulder of Shasta
Chapter 2: Dracula: Stoker’s Gothic Masterpiece
Chapter 3: Ongoing Work with the Gothic in Miss Betty, The Mystery of the Sea and The Jewel of Seven Stars
Chapter 4: Gothic-Tinged Romances: The Man, Lady Athlyne and The Lady of the Shroud
Chapter 5: Stoker’s Return to the Gothic in Famous Impostors and The Lair of the White Worm
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Carol A. Senf is Professor and Associate Chair of the School of Literature, Communication and Culture, The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
This study examines Stoker's contribution to the modern notion of Gothic and demonstrates that Gothic excess is Stoker's way of focusing on social, economic, and political problems. His relevance today is his depiction of problems that continue to haunt us at the beginning of the twenty first century.

What makes this study unique is that it privileges Stoker's development of modern Gothic in Dracula but also addresses Stoker's other works. Since a number of these works are decidedly not Gothic, the study puts his Gothic novels and short stories into the perspective of everything that he wrote.

The creator of Dracula wrote The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a standard reference work for clerks in the Irish civil service, as well as two delightful romances: The Man and Lady Athlyne.

Understanding Stoker, who was fascinated with technological development, racial and gender development as well as Gothic mystery, helps readers understand fin de siecle tensions.
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