The Bloody Chamber, Dracula and the Gothic critics

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The Bloody Chamber

  • "Fairytales clothe themselves in sterotypes and archetypes" - Vandermeer
  • "Carter's characters are forever escaping socially, mentally and physically, the traps laid by men" - Vandermeer
  • "I was taking the latent content of those traditional stories and using that; and the latent content is violently sexual" - Carter
  • "The heronies of these stories are struggling out of the straitjackets of history and ideology and biological essentialism" - Simpson
  • "They are not fearful of sex just their sexual partner's designs on them" - Makinen
  • "Otherness takes centre stage" - Botting
  • "Carter demonstrates the reversal of values that occurs in Gothic literature" - Botting
  • "Lambhood and tigerishness may be found in either gender and in the same individual at different times" - Atwood
  • "The Bloody Chamber's main function is destabilising the figure of woman as purely passive object of the male gaze" - Wood
  • "demonstrates the reductive attempt of humanity to define characters of men and women in binary opposition" - Wood
  • "The Snow Child is a masculine fantasy" - Bacchilega
  • "The good will be justified and prosper. The evil will come to a bad end, often a gruesome bad end" - Bayatt
  • "Carter's work has consistently dealt with women who grab their own sexuality and fight back" - Makinen
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  • "Dracula is above all concerned with the breaking of Taboos" - Punter and Byron 
  • "He functions as the catalyst for transgression in others" - Punter and Byron
  • "Stoker's novel subordinates female sexuality to a masculine perspective" - Botting
  • "Uncannily straddeling the borders between life and death and thereby undoing a fundamental human fact" - Botting
  • "The coloniser finds himself in the position of the colonised, the exploiter becomes exploited, the victimizer victimized" - Arata
  • "It is this lack of agency in her own destiny that is the truest tragedy of Lucy's story" - Simpson
  • "Gothic texts of the time repeatedly produce powerful and sexually aggressive females as alien of monstrous" - Punter and Byron
  • "The Count is simultaneously a historical and modern threat" - Stoker
  • "Sex was the monster that troubles Stoker most" - Hindel
  • "With his ability to usurp the female role of creating life, and with his consumption of blood as a triumph over fears of menstruation, it may be that Dracula is the ultimate male fantasy" - Cluley
  • "Dracula embodies the fear of the unknown and he personifies the 'nothing in the darkness' that keeps children awake at night" - Roberts
  • "Lucy is an inversion of the modest and virtuous Victorian woman; she becomes sexually aggressive and anti-maternal" - Gates
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  • "The myth in Dracula is an invesion of Christianity" - Punter
  • "Jonathan appears more concerned about the vampire women - they are more horrible and fascinating to him" - Roth
  • "For Mina... all the men become her sons" - Roth
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The Gothic

  • "At the heart of the Gothic text is the tension provided by the possible violation of innocence - the concept of 'virtue in distress'"
  • "Gothic fictions seemed to promote vice and violence, giving free reign to selfish ambitions and sexual desires beyond the prescriptions of law or familial duty" - Botting
  • "Illegitimate power and violence is not only put on display but threatens to consume the world of civilised and domestic values" - Botting
  • "Gothic texts tend to be about transgression, overstepping boundaries and entering a realm of the unknown" - Kidd
  • "In many Gothic novels the castle represents a threatening, sexually rapacious masculine world in which women are trapped and persecuted" - Bunten
  • "The castle seems to represent both physically and metaphorically the darkness at the heart of the Gothic" - Bunten
  • "The Gothic should be considered as a 'mode of writing' that responds in certain diverse yet recognisable ways to the conflicts and anieties of its historical moment" - Chaplin
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sorry is it possible to get the dates for these critical quotes please



Sources, please?

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