Reading between the (Blood)lines of Victorian Vampires: ‘Good Lady Ducayne’

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651665 | DOI:
Reading between the (Blood)lines of Victorian Vampires: ‘Good Lady Ducayne’

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This chapter presents an analysis of the vampire story ‘Good Lady Ducayne’. It discusses the socio-political implications of the vampire during the late Victorian age and shows how Braddon’s text tells a form of vampiric exploitation by a wealthy aristocrat. The Good Lady Ducayne, however, suggests many other parallel readings that are related to decayed female sexuality and productivity. The chapter also looks at an anti-Semitic racial unconscious that was common during the years when this short story was written. It concludes that Braddon’s mutations of the Gothic code show her willingness to survive the challenges of the Victorian literary market.

Keywords: vampire story; Good Lady Ducayne; socio-political implications; female sexuality; female productivity; anti-Semitic; racial unconscious; Gothic code; Victorian literary market

Chapter.  7634 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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