The role of female vampires in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Vampire by Sir Philip Burne-Jones by Gavin Fiddler
This article is an examination of Bram Stoker’s masterpiece, Dracula, and Sir Philip Burne-Jones’s controversial work, The Vampire (Fig.1). It is perhaps no coincidence that both were unveiled in the same year (1897). Apart from the eponymous villain, only female vampires dwell in Stoker’s Gothic realm. With a tinge of imagination, Burne-Jones’s work could easily function as an artist’s impression of these creatures and their power over men. This article will argue that these two works present the female vampire as a representation of fears and introspection over the implications of female ascension in the nineteenth century.