Bram Stoker and Russophobia
Evidence of the British Fear of Russia in Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud
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About the Book
In Victorian England, a marked fear of Russia prevailed in the government and the public. As a result of the Crimean War and other Russian threats to the British empire, the English mind was haunted by a shadowy enemy of barbarous Eastern invaders. The influence of this Russophobia is evident in the works of Bram Stoker, who responded to the Russian challenge to British Imperial hegemony through the character of Dracula, a primitive and menacing Eastern figure destroyed by warriors pledged to the Crown.
The text investigates the role of Russophobia in Stoker’s fiction, particularly his novels Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud. It offers historical information about Russophobia and the Crimean War, considers Slavic and Balkan connections, and analyzes Stoker’s vampire themes. The resulting work shows how two nations’ histories intertwine in an unexpected literary avenue. Illustrations include numerous political cartoons of the era.
About the Author(s)
Jimmie E. Cain, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
1. Russophobia and the Crimean War 13
2. Spawn of War: The Consequences of the Crimean War and Post-Crimean Russophobia 48
3. George Stoker’s With the Unspeakables: A Family Portrait of Russophobia 101
4. Dracula: Righting Old Wrongs and Displacing New Fears 118
5. The Lady of the Shroud: John Bull in the Balkans 150
Works Cited 191