An ‘inexhaustible subject for investigation’: The Eastern Gothic of Carmen Sylva and Bram Stoker
This article considers the representation of Eastern Europe by Carmen Sylva and Bram Stoker. Sylva, a German princess and first Queen of Romania, was a prolific writer. I argue that she is a forgotten link to Romania and that by recuperating her writings we are given a deeper insight into Stoker's work and the Gothic genre more broadly. The article discusses a range of fiction by both authors alongside nineteenth-century anthropological studies. Sylva's depictions problematized the stereotype of the barbaric ‘Foreign Other’ and broadened British awareness of the country she would rule alongside her husband for over forty years.
Citation : Nixon, L. (2016) An ‘inexhaustible subject for investigation’: The Eastern Gothic of Carmen Sylva and Bram Stoker’, Modern Language Review, 111 (1), pp. 61-84
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