Universitas Press publishes literary-historical studies that shed light on moments, periods, or centuries in the development of literature. Wide-range studies (done by individuals or a collective) focusing on an entire national or transnational corpus are welcome. We also encourage critical studies of genres and subgenres, especially inasmuch as they identify new trends or reveal less-known characteristics of traditional forms.
A (late) postmodernist phenomenon, histopias are fictional retellings of the history of the world. They often use utopian/dystopian scenarios, which are necessary as “world-historical effect”: the end and/or rebirth of the world offer the possibility of narrating the fate of all mankind. Whether novelists or playwrights, histopian authors use a structural pattern that mirrors the way in which the world tells itself: both continuous and discontinuous, in turn linear, cyclical, or radial.
Dracula: A Study of Editorial Practices
Dracula: A Study of Editorial Practices focuses on deconstructing sanctioned Dracula criticism that, for decades, has constructed Transylvania as the land of the vampires. This 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, primarily 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.