Dracula and Philosophy
Dying to Know
Edited by Nicolas Michaud and Janelle Pötzsch
Volume 90 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
The girl went on her knees, and bent over me, simply gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my throat. Then she paused, and I could hear the churning sound of her tongue as it licked her teeth and lips, and could feel the hot breath on my neck. Then the skin of my throat began to tingle as one’s flesh does when the hand that is to tickle it approaches nearer—nearer. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the super-sensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited—waited with beating heart.
Bram Stoker couldn’t know what he was starting in 1897. His inspired reboot of the ancient myth of the Undead has become the most fertile of memes, lodging in our brains and now impossible to remove. In Dracula and Philosophy, diverse philosophers probe the inner meaning of the beastly Count, laying bare some surprising implications for our lives, our ethics, and our future.
“All children of the night should flock to this fun and awesome theater of the mind.”
—Rachel Robison-Greene, co-editor of Girls and Philosophy: This Book Isn’t a Metaphor for Anything (2015)
“Over a century since my great grand uncle, Bram Stoker, wrote Dracula, scholars and fans alike are still analyzing the novel, as its appeal runs deep. Michaud and Pötzsch have amassed a team of philosophers who have taken a fresh approach to interpreting Bram’s characters and plot-lines in an entertaining and thought-provoking manner. I think Bram would be quite amused and content with all the attention.”
—Dacre Stoker, author of Dracula the Un-Dead (2009)
“Stories about vampires often focus on how they mesmerize their victims and draw them in. There is an allure about those things that terrify us, the limits of humanity, the possibility of immortality, the power. The authors of Dracula and Philosophy illuminate life through their discussions of vampires, further our understanding of humanity, and continually entertain.”
—Jacob M. Held, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Central Arkansas
Nicolas Michaud teaches philosophy in Jacksonville, Florida, and edited Adventure Time and Philosophy: The Handbook for Heroes (2015). Janelle Pötzsch teaches philosophy at Ruhr University Bochum and contributed to Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth.