Saturday, 9 May 2020

How Can He Be Stopped?

Dracula is one of the great monster stories to come out of the 19th century. Olivia Rutigliano thinks Bram Stoker's classic makes a great deal more sense if we think of it as a detective novel:
The epistolary Dracula itself embodies, and is thematically about, material excess: too many characters, too many documents, too many clues, too many victims, too many possible answers. It is an overstuffed file-cabinet; a massive, multi-colored evidence board of a novel. And it exists in this expansive, immense way, in drastic pursuit of a single explanation—or, really, two: what monster is responsible for the bloodshed in England, and, once he is identified, how can he be stopped?

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