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5. Degeneration and Modernity
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about Dracula as a novel which dramatises the choice between relapsing into the past (represented by Dracula) and pushing forward into the unknown of modernity (represented by Helsing). Both have their advantages and disadvantages —but which one should we choose?
In this course, Professor David Punter (University of Bristol) explores Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel, Dracula. As we move through the course, we think about the centrality of blood to the novel (both literally and figuratively), the socio-political issues at stake in the novel, including the issue of equality, as well the impact of technology on society and culture.
David's research interets range from eighteenth-century to contemporary literature, and he has written most extensively about the romantic and the Gothic. He is Life Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Gothic Association, as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the English Association, Fellow of the Institute for Contemporary Scotland, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and Fellow of the Royasl Society of Arts (RSA). With regard to the RSA, he has just completed a two-year stint as Chair of its West Region. He has also published on postcolonial literature, critical theory and psychoanalysis. As well as his qualifications in English, he also has a partial psychoanalytic training, and has recently completed a degree in law. He has published five small volumes of poetry, and performs his poetry regularly in Bristol and beyond.
Cite this Lecture
Punter, D. (2018, August 15). Stoker: Dracula - Degeneration and Modernity [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/stoker-dracula/degeneration-and-modernity
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