Friday, November 15, 2013

Vampires are Gay!

For my 3rd and final essay, I've chosen to revisit where the class began and the topic of out first papers, Dracula. This time, I'll try to support the claim that the homosexual subtext in Dracula is fostered by the way stoker chose to present John and Dracula relationship. One article I am using to prove my point is Subdue Out Fears: Displacing Homophobia in Bram Stoker's Dracula written by Gregory Luke Chawala. The article outlines the general fear outsiders (and there for homosexuals) in the Victorian Era and how the “problem” of homosexuality was kept hush, hush and ignored in the society. In fact, it was only after the infamous Oscar Wilde went to trial that it was some what brought to light again. Because of their friendship Stoker was heavily influenced by this trail. Another huge factor the author notes is the displacement of homosocial male desires and homoerotism. Close relationships between males were certainly prevalent in Victorian society, business ventures and the like were often based on two or more men forming a bond. In Dracula, this bond is displaced as homosexual relations in order for Stoker to present the homosexual male as a monster (Dracula.)
This article will work with my essay because it is full of information about Victorian attitudes towards normal male/male relationships as well as their fear of homosexuals. It also includes details from Stokers novel as well as more historic vampire examples and the hidden homosexual context of them. 

Source:

Chwala, Gregory Luke. "Subdue Out Fears: Displacing Homophobia." Inter-disciplinary.net. N.p, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

1 comment:

  1. Late! But nice work! Though your title needs some refining; it sounds a little homophobic itself. I don't think you meant it that way, but it could be misinterpreted.

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