Essay on Gothic Fiction

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Gothic fiction is erotic at the root according to Punter. From your reading of Frankenstein and Dracula how far would you agree with Punter's interpretation. "Gothic fiction is erotic at the root" according to Punter.

From your reading of Frankenstein and Dracula how far would you agree with Punter's interpretation.

In your essay you should consider:

-· The author's portrayal of eroticism and sexuality (in all its forms) through characters.

-· Relevant social/cultural concerns during the period the novels were written.

During the 18th century and for a long time after poetry was regarded as the most sophisticated and accomplished mode of the written word.
The Gothic novel, a relatively new form of
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Consequently, the growing fashion of Gothic resulted in the popularity of the Gothic novel, it was a cheap exciting alternative and with widening literacy it was open to the up-and-coming middle classes.

The setting of the gothic novel is central to the plot with a range of possible settings as backdrops including: ruins, dungeons, castles, and monasteries among others. Along with this the gothic novels were all set in Europe in the middle ages. A prime example being what is generally agreed to be the first gothic novel, 'The Castle of Otranto' written by Horace Walpole in 1764. Walpole placed his novel in Italy in the middle ages and set it in a castle complete with dungeons, battlements, cloisters, galleries and trapdoors and consequently it met all the requirements of the gothic novel. The popularity of this novel spawned a multitude of others within the same genre. Ann
Radcliffe's 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' was followed by Jane Austen's
'Northanger Abbey' and by this time the gothic novel was more than firmly established.

Abraham Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 to parents Charlotte and
Abraham Stoker. He attended Trinity College in Dublin in the 1860's where he was involved competitively in athletics and football and was also an active participant in the Philosophical Society which eventually made him president. He graduated with an Honours degree in
Pure Maths. At the age of 22 Bram followed in his father's footsteps joining the civil
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