Cluj, Transylvania (Romania), 2010

                                                                           Photo: Alan Wakeman

Dracula Revisited: History, Myth and Fiction

What does the myth of Dracula say about ethnic tensions in Transylvania, where people put a lot of garlic into their food, or about the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where WW1 started in 1914? And what is the connection with the fear of vampires and monsters in late-nineteenth century London? ‘We seem to be drifting into unknown places and unknown ways; into a whole world of dark and dreadful things,’ reads an entry from Dr. Seward’s diary in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula (1897). Stoker’s Dracula is more than a suave, well-spoken and blood-thirsty Transylvanian aristocrat. In the course of time, he became an emblem of far-away, exotic Central-European lands and a metaphor for the ongoing battle between good and evil in history.

Drawing on fiction, history, anthropology and film, this certificate course seeks an answer to such questions and explores all you ever wanted to know about Dracula but were too afraid to ask.

The sessions take place on Tuesdays, 7 to 9 pm on central campus. For further details and registration, please visit the CLL website by clicking on the following link:

Introduction to the course video

Past Courses at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick, Coventry (United Kingdom) 2014-5:

Certificate module: The First World War: a hundred years on

Charisma: the cult of the leader from Napoleon to Stalin


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