Female Monstrosity In Bram Stocker's Dracula

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Female monstrosity is manifested in different dimensions. Mladan Dolar, in this respect, argues that: “The monster can stand for anything our culture has to repress; the proletariat, sexuality, other cultures, alternative ways of living, heterogeneity, the Other.” (qtd. in Walser, 2). In other words, monsters represent a site of threat for the Western notions of normalcy. Mittman argues that monsters not only “challenge and question; they trouble, they worry, they haunt. They break and tear and rend cultures, all the while constructing them and propping them up. They swallow up our cultural mores and expectations, and then, becoming what they eat, they reflect back to us our own faces” (Mittman 1). Examination of the selected narratives will…show more content…
The strangeness of her body “represents the threat of physical violation - a transgression against the body, the last barrier protecting the self from the other” (21). Her metamorphosed body presents her as a boundary crosser as her body imperils the normative while transgressing the dividing line between the human and the animal, the dead and the alive, the natural and unnatural. This supernatural creature is relegated by the dominant discourse to a liminal space, occupying what Kristeva calls the “abject” position as it straddles the the boundaries of inbetweenness; in being the living dead, the female vampire stands outside the laws of nature. Her dead/undead body creates uncertainty that frighten the reader who would like to rationalize her existence. Accordingly, Kristeva

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