"Vampiric Reading": Dracula and Readerly Desire.

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Author: Sunggyung Jo
Date: Fall 2019
Publisher: University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Press)
Document Type: Article
Length: 7,177 words
Lexile Measure: 1600L

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This essay investigates the literal acts of reading in Bram Stoker's Dracula. All the characters in Dracula--including Dracula himself--are obsessive readers. I coin the concept of "vampiric reading" as a particular aesthetic model and pattern of reading acts performed by the novel's characters. "Vampiric reading" indicates one's love of reading texts, a "love" that then elicits others to indulge in more reading--much like the actual vampirism in the novel, in which one's blood/desire is transfused with another's. The novel also guarantees its afterlife in a future of undead reading with the model of vampiric reading that we can emulate. KEYWORDS: Stoker, Dracula, cultures of reading, the novel, seduction, vampirism, reading practice

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