Tag Archive: Christabel

Evolution of the Vampire Narrative

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While Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s narrative poem “Christabel” explores Christian themes in a gothic setting, there exists a foundation of both homosexual and vampiric elements within the work as well. We see these elements… Continue reading

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The Introduction of the Femme Fatale in Gothic Literature

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The femme fatale, French for “fatal women,” is a character whose importance in Romantic literature and whose journey through modern-day adaptations is almost unparalleled. Existing historically in both biblical figures as early as… Continue reading

Triumph of the Serpent

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In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Christabel,” the conniving and sensual Geraldine is introduced as a foil to the innocent Christabel. Throughout the poem, Christabel’s kind consideration for Geraldine and her ignorance of Geraldine’s… Continue reading

Coleridge’s “Christabel” and Pyschological and Sexual Frustrations

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     Samuel Taylor Coleridge attempts a mighty handful of ambiguous themes with his work “Christabel.” In this work, ambitiously planned for seven parts yet only spanning two, Coleridge discusses unique and strange relationships… Continue reading

Coleridge and Byron

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After it publishing in the 1800’s Samuel Coleridge’s gothic tale of a young woman and her night with a mysterious marked lady, became wildly popular. This poem contained imagery and language that some… Continue reading

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