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Friday, October 02, 2009

People Who Like Dracula Will Find This the Kind of Thing They Like

Posted by Rohan Maitzen on 10/02/09 at 08:11 AM

Once upon a time, some snide remarks about someone who liked Dracula led to this, and then this, and then (among other things) this. Serendipitously, the folks who organized the Infinite Summer project are detoxing from DFW with none other than Dracula (details, including a reading schedule, and some introductory comments from noted Dracula expert Elizabeth Miller and Bram Stoker’s “great-grand-nephew” Dacre Stoker are posted here). I think some of us should read along. I’ve pulled my old paperback from the shelf. Anyone else interested? I’m coming to this a little belatedly, but they’re only on Chapter 1 as of today.


I just read Dracula this past spring. I thought it was very enjoyable except for the weird inconsistencies around Van Helsing’s grasp of English.

By Colleen on 10/02/09 at 12:35 PM | Permanent link to this comment

I didn’t think I was going to do this, but then I picked up a copy at the library and started reading. And, y’know, liked it. So I guess I am reading it.

By Amateur Reader on 10/03/09 at 10:12 PM | Permanent link to this comment

It gets off to a quick start, doesn’t it? I appreciated the deferral of Harker’s identity and mission until the second chapter--we’re plunged right into the action. And suspenseful action it is, too, all those howling wolves. I’m a bit concerned about my ability to keep up with their reading schedule on top of the other long 19th-century novels I’m reading with my classes, but I have a lot of simmering questions about things like the importance of plot, the relevance of suspense to reading pleasure, and what exactly we mean when we call something “well-written,” and Dracula seems as good a test case as anything, so I’m going to give it a try.

By Rohan Maitzen on 10/04/09 at 03:09 PM | Permanent link to this comment

FWIW, I’ve not read Dracula and have no intention to do so in the near term, but, by way of comparison, I was surprised at the quality of Uncle Tom’s Cabin when I read it some years ago. In its time it was enormously popular; it was second only to the Bible in sales in 19th century America. So, I’m not at all surprised that sophisticated readers could take pleasure in Bram Stoker’s book. And I’m rather inclined to think that it is important that the academic community come to terms with the book.

By Bill Benzon on 10/04/09 at 05:37 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Bill, the academic community has come to terms with the book.  I’ll just point you toward the work of Nina Auerbach and Joseph Valente.

By on 10/04/09 at 09:19 PM | Permanent link to this comment

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