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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:50am - 12:10pm
Women's Bodies and Narrative In Drucula

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The plot of Dracula concerns a group of Englishmen, nicknamed “The Crew of Light”, fighting against a vampire called Dracula who intends to conquer the British Isles by turning the populace into vampires. As the primary targets of Dracula’s conquest are young women, a war for England is essentially fought over the bodies of its women. Some of the finer details of the text seem to support this notion, as the language describing the vampires’ attacks indicates that being bitten is a metaphor for sex. Vampire bites even serve the same function as sex, being a means of reproduction for vampires. In the novel, the women who succumb to the deviant sexuality of the vampire are punished violently, but not because their sexuality is free—rather, because they have been taken from their rightful husbands and culture. Only through violence can their souls and proper purpose be restored. Throughout Dracula, we can easily see how attitudes towards women and their role in society play out in narrative

Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:50am - 12:10pm PDT
038 Karpen Hall

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