Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Intro

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) is a Gothic tale of degeneracy by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Atavism & Degeneracy

The notion of degeneracy – or atavism – is central to much late-Victorian fiction, including Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and and his short stories ”The Body Snatcher” (1884) and ”Olalla” (1887), a tale of vampires.

Bram Stoker‘s Dracula (1897).

There are also thematic continuities between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Oscar Wilde‘s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), which was partly inspired by Stevenson’s novella, and H.G. Wells‘ The Invisible Man (1897) in that all three imagine situations in which the protagonist can live out atavistic impulses beyond the scrutiny of the public eye.

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