Sheridan Le Fanu

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  • Carmilla By Sheridan Le Fanu Analysis

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    narrative. For instance, within the gothic/horror genre, various authors including Sheridan Le Fanu decide to “historicize” the text by incorporating certain characters, and behaviors to reveal political, and social commentary of their societies’ time. As previously stated, within literature, the historical context can help us understand the political commentary towards that period’s societal conditions. Therefore, in Sheridan Le fanu’s story “Carmilla”, the work was a political allegory towards the relationship

  • The Vampire Of J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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    are radically Other, an ‘undead’ species which preys on the human for survival. As such, the vampire has come to embody a multiplicity of meanings, to represent various social anxieties. This is indeed the case with the eponymous vampire of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Carmilla’ (1872), whose monstrosity derives not least from the fact that she female. Similarly, the title characters of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories ‘Berenicë’ (1835) and ‘Ligeia’ (1838), though not actual vampires, are vampiric figures

  • Portrayal Of Male Homosexuality Under Queen Victoria Is Oscar Wilde 's Gross Indecency And Sodomy Trial

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    During the Victorian Era (1819-1901), western society went through an abundance of change. It was mostly defined by a boom in technology, commonly known and referred to as the Industrial Revolution. Socially however, the rules and laws were strict. Female sexuality was policed in the sense of a general social erasure, whereas male sexuality was viewed as a reproductive tool. This lead to the further criminalization of male homosexuality beyond its assumed sinful nature. The most famous case of

  • The New Woman in Fanu’s Carmilla, Stoker’s Dracula, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    of blood flowed from the severed neck. The body and head were next placed on a pile of wood, and reduced to ashes, which were thrown upon the river and borne away, and that territory has never since been plagued by the visits of a vampire. (Le Fanu 336) Carmilla’s execution-style slaying

  • Carmilla Essay

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    story Carmilla, is written in first person narrative as the antagonist is explaining her occurrences with the evil protagonist of the story; Carmilla. Camilla has a strange desire for death as she states: “Why, you must die–everyone must die” (Le Fanu 11). Le Fanu show uses the main gothic concept death, all while portraying vampirism through Carmilla. The death of young girls in his story occurs four times, one of which is immediately introduced at the beginning of the story, when the general’s daughter

  • Intertextual Exchange in Carmilla, Dracula and the Historian

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    certain framework established by other writers or generic conventions, but vary aspects of it in significant ways” (Friedman 155). Sheridan Le Fanu’s, Carmilla, Bram Stoker’s, Dracula and Elizabeth Kostova’s, The Historian, clearly engage in this intertextual exchange, as evidenced by their use of narrative structure and striking character parallels. Published in 1872, Le Fanu relates the story of Carmilla from a first person point of view, through four distinct perspectives. The first narrator, an unnamed

  • Gothic Elements In Carmilla

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    In the novel Carmilla written by Sheridan Le Fanu the setting when the crash happens at night expresses the gothic aspects of the book and the character development. Carmilla is a gothic story that introduces Laura, a young teenager who suddenly develops a relationship with lovely Carmilla who is exposed to be a vampire. The gothic aspects are developed by the note Carmilla’s father receives from the General, the moonlight in the night, and the strange isolated location where Carmilla lives On the

  • Sexuality In Carmilla

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    In Carmilla, Sheridan Le Fanu uses vampires to identify and challenge gender roles of women in the Victorian age. From the outset, Carmilla and Laura’s relationship appears to transcend mere homosocial characteristics; Carmilla awakens sensations in Laura which she has never known before because her sexuality has always been suppressed. This suppression is inherently motived by the dominant ideology in Victorian culture that lesbianism, and homosexuality more generally, are “unnatural” forms of sexuality

  • Carmilla and Dracula

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    relation to cultural contexts in which they exist as being presented to the reader through the gender behaviour and sexuality that is portrayed through the texts. Vampire stories always seem to involve some aspect of sexuality and power. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu wrote Carmilla. It was first published in 1872 as part of the collection of short stories titles ‘In a Glass Darkly.’ Carmilla predates the publishing of Dracula by 25 years. Laura, who is also one of the

  • Carmilla Character Analysis

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    A Secretive Figure Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu portrays the narrator Laura as the prey of the vampire Carmilla, who is later acknowledged as the Countess Karnstein Mircalla. Laura is isolated living in the castle in Styria, and dreams of having friend. As a child, she sees a mysterious figure in her bedroom, who is revealed to be Carmilla. Twelve years later a carriage crash brings Carmilla into the narrator’s life. When she was welcomed into the schloss, she was not believed to be a vampire. When