Edexcel: Prose paper: The supernatural
The erotic associations of Bram Stoker’s supernatural novel Dracula are well known. The titular figure represents the perfect realisation of the supernatural seducer, the phantom bridegroom that was first introduced into English literature through translations of Gottfried August Burger’s ‘hit’ ballad Lenore (1774), and became the norm in Gothic and Romantic literature. As Greg Buzwell says: ‘The vampire has always been a contradictory figure: on the one hand a repellent blood-sucking creature crawling from the grave, and, on the other, a strangely alluring representation of nocturnal glamour and potent sexuality’ (Buzwell 2014).
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