Micro vs. Macro Studies

Dracula, Daniel Deronda, Weiland, Clarissa, The Princess de Cleves. What do all of these novels have in common? They have tendencies to almost always tie gender to representations of a creature. These creatures usually have specific moral implications. In Dracula, Mina is described as the angel of the household, Dracula’s masculinity is tied to his vampirism; in Clarissa, Lovelace is a self-described demon-lover to his angelic Clarissa. Why is gender linked to monstrous representation? Why does this phenomenon occur?

The study will approach this issue in two ways. Distant reading using word maps and timeline to trace trends based on giant amounts of work vs. “close reading” in traditional literary studies.


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