Sexuality In Bram Stoker's Dracula
Since the 1970s, with its conglomerate of feminist critics reveling in the sexual revolution, Freudian psychoanalysts, and marginal sex groups, Dracula 's sexuality continues as an issue of great debate, attracting more attention from its centennial anniversary in 1997. More titillating than the novel itself, numerous sexual interpretations exist from key scenes in Dracula: the trio of female vampires attacking Jonathan, Lucy 's vampiric transformation and subsequent staking, and Mina 's forced drinking of Dracula 's blood. Critics debate whether these crucial scenes reveal men 's fear of female sexuality, the dualism of Victorian sexuality, the threat of foreign sexuality, Oedipal fantasies, sexual repression, Bram Stoker 's sexuality, and homosexuality. The list of sexual topics is endless.
The popularity of Freud 's theories of sexuality makes Freudian analyses of Dracula 's sexuality almost impossible to avoid. Even feminist critics who resent Freud 's misogyny, find his sexual observations difficult to ignore, especially in regard to Dracula 's sexual content. The fact that Stoker and Freud are contemporaries writing at the same time legitimizes the critical use of Freud 's psychoanalysis to explore Stoker 's novel. More importantly, critics can easily apply