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Monstrous media/spectral subjectsImaging gothic fictions from the nineteenth century to the present$
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Fred Botting and Catherine Spooner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089770

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089770.001.0001

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‘Nineteenth century (up-to-date) with a vengeance’

‘Nineteenth century (up-to-date) with a vengeance’

vampirism, Victorianism and collage in Guy Maddin’s Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

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(p.103) 8 ‘Nineteenth century (up-to-date) with a vengeance’
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Monstrous media/spectral subjects
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Dorothea Schuller

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089770.003.0008

This chapter discusses one of the most recent and – despite the absence of dialogue and anything resembling realistic acting – most faithful adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), Guy Maddin's 2002 film of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's dance adaptation, set to the music of Gustav Mahler, Dracula – Pages from a Virgin's Diary. Maddin's ‘Victorian’ interpretation of Dracula is marked by an emphasis on the turn-of-the-century cultural contexts of the novel (gender, medicine, race, imperialism). The film presents 1890s England as seen through the eyes of a knowledgeable 21st century viewer whose close reading of the source text is shaped by critical discussions of the novel and the Dracula myth in popular culture. Vampirizing various cultural artifacts from Caligari to Coppola, Maddin's palimpsestic film ultimately manages to be both highly original and collage, both – in the words of Jonathan Harker's diary – ‘up-to-date’ and ‘nineteenth century […] with a vengeance’.

Keywords:   Bram Stoker, Dracula, Guy Maddin, Dracula – Pages From a Virgin's Diary, Dance, Ballet, Gender, Imperialism

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