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Science and social science in Bram Stoker's fiction

Author: Carol A Senf
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Series: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 99.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Carol A. Senf is Associate Professor of English at Georgia Institute of Technology."--Jacket.
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Named Person: Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carol A Senf
ISBN: 0313312036 9780313312038
OCLC Number: 49386307
Description: xi, 158 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Gothic Monster versus Modern Science in Dracula --
Stoker's Life : The Facts behind the Fiction in The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, A Glimpse of America, Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving, and Famous Impostors --
Reservations about Science, Popular Egyptology, and the Power of the Natural World in The Jewel of Seven Stars --
Technological Salvation in The Snake's Pass, The Mystery of the Sea, Lady Athlyne, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm --
The Place of Science in Stoker's Fiction and the Place of Science Fiction in the Stoker Oeuvre.
Series Title: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 99.
Responsibility: Carol A. Senf.
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"Carol A. Senf is Associate Professor of English at Georgia Institute of Technology."--Jacket.

Best known today as the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker also wrote several other works, including The Jewel of Seven Stars, Lady Athlyne, and The Laid or the White Worm. In his exploration of supernatural subjects, such as vampirism, he is clearly a Gothic writer. The fantastic elements of his novels seem very much at odds with the world of science. Stoker, nonetheless, draws upon a large body of scientific theory and technological innovation throughout his writings. This book studies his blending of Gothic subjects with emerging discoveries in science and technology. The volume begins with an overview of Stoker's familiarity with scientific and technical developments. It then examines the role of science and technology in his various works, which demonstrate his familiarity with civil engineering, anthropology, physics, chemistry, and archaeology. While many of his writings seem to offer a rather uncritical celebration of science and its applications, some works, such as The Jewel of Seven Stars, reveal what happens when science oversteps its bounds. Stoker emerges as an early writer of science fiction whose work thoughtfully considers the place of science in society.

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