Oral Dracula from a Reader and Femminist Perspective

Topics: Dracula, Count Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing, Vampire, Gothic fiction, Mary Shelley / Pages: 6 (1443 words) / Published: Oct 9th, 1999
Bram Stokers "Dracula" an oral presentation

Good Morning/Afternoon Today I will review Bram stokers' 1897 novel Dracula, the approaches I will be using to reviewing the novel include the world centred approach, and the reader response approach exploring the themes of reader positioning and the authors intented reading and reader, then focusing on the world centred approach of the feministtheory.

reader centred

-attention on the reader

-different readers from different social, cultural, religious backgrounds etc
, will being and interpret different meaning to text, refletc ing from there own backgrounds and life experiences

-perception of real life and the way the text presents personal or human life experiences

world centred approach

-derives from a range of sources

-Marxist

-feminist

-post cononel and past structuralist theories

-covers universal themes...eg war, love , hate, good vs evil.

First we must look at Dracula from the reader response approach, Wolfgang Iser said: "A text can only come to life when it is read, and if it is to be examined, it must therefore be studied through the eyes of the reader"

This realism of this quote is evident within Bram Stokers' Dracula. As we are introduced to Stokers' characters they appear to almost come to life, with the majority of the novel being told in the form of journal entries and letters by the main characters Jonathan, mina, and Dr Seward, through the other characters opinions and descriptions we are positioned through , and purely by the authors inteded reading to obtain the negative feelings that the tittle character "Dracula" although his appearance in the text are few, the reader is immediately brought aware of the threat of his supernatural presence which is evident throughout the novel, an example of this is in a quote from the text describing draculas' unnatural presence, the description is as follows "His eyes were positively blazing,.The red light in them was lurid, as if the

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