Cottom, Daniel
Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula
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  • ELH, 2012, Vol.79(3), pp.537-567
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In Dracula, for instance, the bohemian sense of entitlement becomes a claim to empire that potentially extends over all the world; in an inversion of the course of European imperialism, his efforts to enforce this claim begin in London, the most advanced metropolitan center of modern civilization.2 Bohemian vagabondism is similarly transformed in Stoker's narrative, expanding to Dracula's travels not only through physical space but also through diverse natural phenomena. In Dracula's seeming desire to cover the entire earth with his race of vampires, Stoker created a powerful picture of the ambivalence with which the dream of bohemian community had been received throughout the nineteenth century; in the melancholy self-possession of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle forecast the perverse end of that dream of community in the instrumental rationality that would turn out to be the modern world's preferred nightmare.
ISSN: 0013-8304
ISSN: 1080-6547
DOI: 10.1353/elh.2012.0028
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