Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This essay investigates the literal acts of reading in Bram Stoker's Dracula. All the characters in Dracula—including Dracula himself—are obsessive readers. I coin the concept of "vampiric reading" as a particular aesthetic model and pattern of reading acts performed by the novel's characters. "Vampiric reading" indicates one's love of reading texts, a "love" that then elicits others to indulge in more reading—much like the actual vampirism in the novel, in which one's blood/desire is transfused with another's. The novel also guarantees its afterlife in a future of undead reading with the model of vampiric reading that we can emulate.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-7303
Print ISSN
0040-4691
Pages
pp. 225-243
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-07
Open Access
No
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