Reincarnating Mina Murray
Subverting the Gothic heroine?
in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
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The character of Mina Harker nee Murray has played a recurring, influential role in a variety of media, including film, television, stage, prose, comics, manga and videogames. This chapter compares the presentations of Murray in three different media. The first is the original incarnation of Mina in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The next is the interpretation of Stoker's Mina by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill in Volumes I and II of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The third is the reinterpretation of League's Mina in Stephen Norrington's film adaptation, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Significant connections can be drawn between adaptation, the Gothic tradition and the comics industry in terms of reception. Stoker's Mina demonstrates an interesting combination of conventional woman and New Woman, with the threat of her potentially becoming a corrupted vampire created when Dracula bites her and forces her to drink his blood.


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