This innovative critical edition, edited by Dracula specialist Cristina Artenie and literary theory specialist Dragos Moraru, is the first postcolonial edition of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic. Jonathan Harker’s colonial adventure and Bram Stoker’s imperialist discourse are restored to their original context: British economic and political involvement in East-Central Europe. This edition relies both on British and Romanian sources and exposes the cultural appropriation and distortion of Romanian history and folklore. Among the many issues raised by the editors is the superimposition of the vampire onto Romanian beliefs. This edition avoids misinformation perpetuated by the previous editions of Dracula published during the last four decades. It carefully supplies geographical, historical, ethnographical, and cultural information that will inform future scholarship, as well as the general public. Richly annotated, with an introduction that sets the tone for a postcolonial analysis, the present edition is unique in both the approach used and in the use of original sources.In correctly placing Stoker’s novel within British colonial literature, this edition draws attention to the dangers of othering and of disregarding Victorian and neo-Victorian practices.
This innovative critical edition is essential reading for scholars interested in decolonization in literary studies. It is for Victorian and postcolonial specialists as well as advanced or graduate students interested in the intersection between literature, editorial theory, and colonialism.
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