Bram Stoker 's Dracula And Late Victorian Advertising Tactics : Earnest Men, Virtuous Ladies, And Porn

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In Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, we see the New Woman first being introduced to the reader by the three women that Jonathan Harken encounters in Count Dracula’s castle. Mina and Lucy are a representation of the good, traditional Victorian women in comparison to those three women. In her article "Bram Stoker 's Dracula and Late-Victorian Advertising Tactics: Earnest Men, Virtuous Ladies, and Porn", Tanya Pikula argues that “Dracula not only functions as a ‘kind of ‘test-bed’ for competing arguments and sensibilities,’ but it reflects the ways in which its society’s ambivalent responses to consumerism and advertising were repeatedly elaborated through models of femininity and female sexuality”. I strongly disagree with because I do no think that the models of femininity were solely for consumerism and advertising. In disagreement to this article, Charles E. Prescott and Grace A, Giorgio, in their article "Vampiric Affinities: Mina Harker And The Paradox Of Femininity In Bram Stoker 's Dracula", they argue that “Lucy 's descent into vampirism as well as Mina 's desperate attempts to disavow her own vampiric affinities reveal not only the coercive power of Victorian femininity but also the possibility of a cultural space in which to perform a radically different female agency that neither patriarch Van Helsing nor Dracula can ultimately control”. Which I agree with because although the men are trying to repressed the women due to the time period, but Lucy and Mina do not let this…

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