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. This book 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. It is an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the publication of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, and into the far-reaching consequences of that publication. It is, in other words, a study of what made Dracula possible and of what was made possible by Dracula.
Cristina Artenie is a Dracula ?specialist of a postcolonial persuasion whose work includes co-editing ?Dracula: The Postcolonial Edition and the comparative survey of all major critical editions – from the 1970s until today – of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula: A Study of Editorial Practices.