Friday, November 22, 2013

Decrypted Metaommentary

Genc, Kaya. "Coming Out of the Coffin." The New Inquiry, 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <>.

In her article “Coming Out Of The Coffin”, Kaya Genc writes about how the discovery of Bram Stokers personal diaries fosters the idea that he was gay. And that no ones really knows about the man Stoker really was, we just know him as the author that penned Dracula. She gives a good amount of evidence from the diaries to support this claim as well as outside information. 

After reading chapter 10, I noticed that Genc uses metacommentary fairly early in the piece. At the start of the second paragraph, Genc says “Lest you think this comparison is stretched, please consider the following...” as the book states, she uses this phrase to move from giving a generalized statement or claim to a more concrete example. In her case, she moved from just saying that we know nothing about him as the person behind the novel to giving a specific example of a sentence written in his journal: “The cryptic meaning of silence.” Bram was cryptic in writing down the details of his life, the inner workings of his mind, the pages of his journal don't give a clear message by themselves, they need to be decrypted. Much like the varies meanings behind the story of Dracula.  

1 comment:

  1. Late!

    But good analysis :-)

    Also, your Works Cites entry doesn' t need a URL.