Universitas publishes books that consider various aspects of culture such as the construction of identity, the cultural or geographic Other, race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation and the way in which they inform both past and present cultural products and their interaction with consumers. We welcome books and collections of essays that use such approaches as the study of social representations and discourse analysis to (re)interpret cultural encounters between societies.
Common Sense in the Second Amendment: Eighteenth-Century English and the U.S. Bill of Rights
The wording of the first and second amendments was shaped by the period when the Bill of Rights was created by the authors and ratified by the states and was shaped by previous centuries of English usage and etymology. The language of 1789 should be an important element in ongoing discussion of gun control policies, a crucial issue for the people and our courts. Read more . . .
Racism and Discrimination in the Sporting World
Ed. Eileen M. Angelini
In today’s day and age of social media in a global economy where individuals come into contact with one another at a rapid pace, we all must work harder to understand and respect one another’s point of view that may be directly influenced by an individual’s native language, culture, and history. The sporting world is one such realm in which racism and discrimination take place that is often based in differences.
Dracula Invades England: The Text, the Context, and the Reader
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 foreign invaders from remote Transylvania.
Dracula Invades England
Gothic is a culture of alterity: it explores the Other and it posits itself as an Other. It found its roots in the concerted efforts of eighteenth-century authors who longed for the simple and exciting plotlines of medieval romances. At the same time, they were careful to populate other countries and/or other eras with ghosts, vampires, and monstrous villains. More recently, Gothic studies have flourished alongside a plethora of Gothic fiction, movies, and TV shows. These new works employ the genre’s conventional themes and cast of characters, while adding new features for new audiences.