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English Assimilation and Invasion From Outside the Empire: Problems of the Outsider in England in Bram Stoker's Dracula

English Assimilation and Invasion From Outside the Empire: Problems of the Outsider in England in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Moore, Jeffrey Salem

Master of Arts (M.A.), University of Dayton, English, December (

Abstract

Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula introduces a number of issues related to immigration, immigrants, and contact between native born Britons and the non-English. Stoker uses a number of familiar genres and characters to give readers a sense of what is acceptably English, and challenges the perceptions of what makes someone English through Count Dracula, who assimilates Englishness in order to infiltrate and undermine English society. In doing so, Stoker points out xenophobic attitudes among the English by bringing someone from outside the British Empire into England and showing them to be capable of being more English than the English.

Since its publication in 1897, Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, Dracula, has fascinated and frightened people. The story of a mysterious and powerful vampire who comes to London, England, and preys on unsuspecting women has inspired more adaptations and revisions than Stoker likely could have imagined. Part of the continued popularity of Dracula would seem to be the ease with which the story can be adapted and used to reflect the fears and concerns of contemporary society. Depending on the time and place, Count Dracula can be seen as a reflection of rampant sexuality, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the dangers of class conflict, or any number of other interpretations.

 

 

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