Title

English assimilation and invasion from outside the empire problems of the outsider in England in Bram Stoker's Dracula

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

M.A. in English

Department

Department of English

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Laura J. Vorachek

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.

Keywords

Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912. Dracula Criticism and interpretation, National characteristics, English, in literature, Immigrants in literature

Rights Statement

Copyright 2010, author

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