Dracula: A Study of Editorial Practices focuses on deconstructing sanctioned Dracula criticism which, for decades, has constructed Transylvania as the land of the vampires. The present study is an unforgiving close look at scholarly editions of Stoker’s novel and shows that the scholarship and the editorial practices are flawed. Following in the Saidian tradition, this study makes the case that the editors of Dracula have misrepresented Transylvania, Romania, and East Central Europe in general, with little regard to the peoples and cultures of the region.
The present study takes into account the special case of the Romanian Principalities. In the nineteenth century and up until the end of World War Two, the Lower Danube, which features prominently in Stoker's novel, was a neo-colony of the West, especially of Britain. In the case of Stoker's vampire novel, the already established methodology of postcolonial inquiry, as outlined by Raymond Kennedy (1945) and Daniel Chirot (1976), proves to be extremely helpful in uncovering the coloniser-colonised relation that informs Dracula. In working with Victorian novel, postcolonial approaches to editorial practises are a must. Editors need to reflect on their roles of mediators between the text and the reader. The underlying politics of editorial practises cannot and should not be underestimated.