Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Psychoanalytic Window into Female Sexuality

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Author:
Difilippantonio, Annelise
Area of Honors:
Interdisciplinary in English and Secondary Education
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Lougy, Thesis Supervisor
  • Janet Wynne Lyon, Honors Advisor
  • Jamie Myers, Faculty Reader
Abstract:
ABSTRACT This thesis will explore the ways in which Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) shows through the central female characters, such as the three vampire sisters, Lucy and Mina, a powerful female sexuality that critiques and challenges the Victorian notion of female sexual desire. The Victorian belief states that women had no sexual appetite. This thesis will reveal that Dracula is a subversive, and even transgressive, text by bringing forth strong images of female sexual desires.