Annotated Bibliography On Gender And Sexuality

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ENGL360: Desiring Bodies – Gender and Sexuality in Literature and Film
Major Essay
How is gender identity related to sexuality and sexual practice in Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

Introduction – 250 words
- Describe how Dracula presents a “characteristic, if hyperbolic, instance of Victorian anxiety over the potential fluidity of gender roles” (Craft, 111-112).
- This essay will aim to show how Dracula inverts conventional Victorian gender patterns through the characterisation of the vampire women and the ‘feminine’ passivity of Jonathan Harker.
- The role of the vampire mouth as the primary site of erotic experience as well as an element that separates masculine and feminine: “brave men” and “good women”.
Part A 500 words Victorian conventions of sexual difference

Dracula can be read as an almost transparent metaphor for the confusion, guilt and anger over what is considered to be the ‘proper’ role of women in Victorian society. The ‘vamping’ of a human female - such as in the case of Lucy - succeeds in adding a sexualised and sexualising element to women, who - according to the time period - are then only ‘purified’ through further sexual and violent acts, such as being penetrated by a wooden stake (Skal, 31).

Victorian society is noted for its large anxiety over the relationship between desire and gender and traditional conventions of sexual difference: “The man’s power is active, progressive, defensive. He is eminently the doer, the creator, the discoverer, the defender.…

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