Bram Stoker’s Irish novel, The Snake’s Pass, interrogates the continuity of Irish history and national identity through a legend explaining a Connemara bog’s supernatural influence, a story that portrays the trauma of Ireland’s dispossession as indelible and timeless. This reading of the novel employs Julia Kristeva’s conceptualization of linear and monumental time to argue for the preeminence of the supernatural bog as a totem of Irish identity that persists in cultural memory to counter the forward momentum of the Anglo-Irish assimilation narrative.
bog, Bram Stoker, dispossession, Ireland, Julia Kristeva
Cantwell, N. M. (2017). "Keeping the past present": Time and the shifting bog in Bram Stoker’s The Snake’s Pass. Supernatural Studies,4(1), 38-50.