Dracula Invades England

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Dracula Invades England
Cristina Artenie
ISBN: 978-0-9939951-0-1

Bram Stoker's Dracula, a Count and a vampire in nineteenth-century Transylvania, is also an immortal fifteenth-century Romanian ruler. He has posed as his own offspring over many generations and is ready to invade England and create a loyal army of the undead.

In real life, the historical Dracula invaded England twice through his Transylvanian offspring, the Tecks, who married into the British Royal family in 1866 and 1892. Bram Stoker was there to report it: he knew Dracula's descendants personally and, in his 1897 novel, he told the story of the corruption of English blood by a foreign invader from remote Transylvania.

In the nineteenth century, Dracula's native lands had become a neo-colony of the British Empire; and the Lower Danube was controlled by the British. The present study makes the case for a postcolonial reading of Dracula by offering a fresh perspective into the historical and biographical context of the genesis of the novel, as well as an analysis of the personality of the historical character chosen by Stoker for his vampire Count. Ultimately, this study answers unequivocally the question that Dracula critics have been trying to answer in the negative: Can Dracula be analysed from a postcolonial perspective? Yes!

Cristina Artenie is a Dracula specialist whose work includes co-editing Dracula: The Postcolonial Edition and the comparative survey of all major critical editions of Stoker's novel, Dracula: A Study of Editorial Practises.

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Dracula, Romania and the West Today

Stoker, the Invader; Romania: A Neo-Colony; From the Ottoman to the British Empire; George Stoker and the Balkans; Colonial Adventures in Romania; On the British Danube; The European Commission of the Danube


From Vlad Ţepeş to Prince Charles; Francis of Teck and Dracula; Dracula’s Daughter and the Finnish Connection; The Right Kind of Blood and the Wrong Kind of Marriage


The Romanian Gaze; The Name of Dracula; Dracula’s Title; Dracula’s Speech; What Stoker Knew; Draculism; Conclusion

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