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In: KulturPoetik 2003, Heft 1

Autor

Oliver Lubrich

Titel

Dracula - James Bond. Zur Kontinuität und Variation mythischer Phantasie in der Moderne

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Abstract

›Dracula‹ and ›James Bond‹ are the two most popular myths in 20th-century Western culture. Each constructs the world as a colonial topography in which a hero overcomes a hybrid ›otherness‹ in a sexually and psychologically encoded narrative. While both resort to the same basic structure and mythic elements, they initially propagate opposing messages. Whereas Dracula celebrates modernity and its technology at the turn of the century, the classic James Bond represents the anti-modernist scepticism of the cold-war era. The post-1989 Bond productions, however, begin to resemble Dracula in celebrating the West's technological superiority and imperial dominance.