‘Dracula before Dracula and Harker before Harker’: ‘Self’, ‘Otherness’ and the past in Bram Stoker’s ‘The Burial of the Rats’.

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Daniel Baillie recently completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Dundee, where his fourth year dissertation explored the ubiquity of the Freudian unheimlich in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In September, he will commence postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh. His interests are Gothic and invasion literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as the concept of ‘Otherness’ and the role of the domestic space. He also enjoys psychology and playing video games! You can find him on Twitter here. 

Bram Stoker’s short story ‘The Burial of Rats’ was circulated in the year 1896, one year before the publication of his emblematic Gothic tale, Dracula. Although a paucity of scholarly material has been published on the former, the latter has continued to enamour and garner critical attention since its publication. Two years following Stoker’s death in 1912, his widow Florence published Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird…

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