Reading the Gothic and Gothic readers
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This chapter addresses how looking at readers and writers within fin de siècle Gothic texts enables us to reconsider the Gothic's critique of the dominant culture. The critical journey that the fin de siècle Gothic takes us on is an unusual odyssey which, in the instance of readers and writers, leads towards animals. The contribution that recent work in animal studies can make to our rethinking about the Gothic at the end of the nineteenth century is explored in depth in an account of Dracula. The Great God Pan demonstrates a level of self-reflection which celebrates the counter-cultural virtues of the Gothic. Readers and writers in Dracula point towards the importance of self-reflection. The novel indicates ways in which this breaks down as vampirism functions as a missing link between the human and the animal.


Rethinking the nineteenth century

Editors: Andrew Smith and Anna Barton


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