The second meeting of the discussion series, "Magic, Monsters and Other Worlds: The Fantastic in Victorian Literature" focused on Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula.
The book attracted a larger-than-usual set of attendees, and the discussion was wide-ranging, from the tension between the new, technological world of the 1890s and the old, folklore-dense world that the Count comes from, to the sexualization of the "voluptuous" Lucy, to the effect that Stoker's Irishness had on the depiction of the English in the novel. Dame Kghia and Sir JJ reprised their roles as facilitators of the discussion, while the rest of us rambled on.
Next month's topic will be Mary Shelley's earlier novel, Frankenstein. I suspect that discussion will be lively as well.