International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur
Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian
CiteScore 2017: 0.10
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.124
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.191
Bram Stoker’s vampire Dracula embodies everything that was deviant in the Victorian culture that engendered it. But how is this monster brought under control? It is hunted down by implementing technologies of documentation and data processing, communication and mobility. This thematic motif is reflected in the formal poetics of the text; the victory over the vampire is a triumph of modern technology that also produces a specifically modern narration. As a fantasy of the destruction of the mythical through mediatisation, desensualisation, standardisation, and serialisation, the fiction anticipates important elements in the aesthetic program of rationalist High Modernism. In content and form, Stoker’s novel describes how otherness is created, how it is combatted, and how it is hunted down by technology, culture, ideology, and aesthetics.