Dracula by Bram Stoker
Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel reflects the two great fears of prosperous, technologically sophisticated, Victorian England at the height of imperial expansion: invasion and regression into earlier, darker times. “The human characters in Dracula,” reads the preface to the Norton Critical Edition of the text, “surround themselves with modern gadgets and skills… but they must combat an ancient enemy with ancient beliefs.” Dracula, and the modern tradition of vampire-lore that it gave rise to, has grown in popularity since its publication in 1897. What does Dracula represent to modern readers? Explore these and other topics with Northwestern University Professor Jules Law.