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Dracula: Information Sources

This guide provides recommendations for using library resources to research Dracula and related topics.

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This Research Guide will help you find information on Dracula and related topics for Sharon Miller's English 102 class.

 

Dracula movie poster

DRACULA (1931). Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
quest.eb.com/search/144_1473500/1/144_1473500/cite. Accessed 6 Apr 2018.

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Monsters: Frankenstein and Related Topics

Search Words

It's useful to keep a list of search words as you utilize various databases, indexes, and search engines.  Here are some to consider:

Dracula
vampires
vampirism
vampires in literature
gothic literature
horror films
Dracula films
Stoker biography
Victorian era
Victorian period

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Key Library Resources

Library databases contain information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. They often include scholarly sources that are appropriate for college-level research.  You will find a complete listing of all databases on the SCC Library homepage.  

Start your research with the following sources:

Dracula and Its Social and Historical Context

Interested in learning about what was going on historically and culturally during the time that the Dracula novel takes place and during the time it was written? Use the reference book World Literature and Its Times in the SCC Library (R 820.9 MOSS 1837-) or the identical Gale eBooks online version:

Here is a selection of just a few of the relevant titles in the eBook Collection database:

Ermida, Isabel. Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts. Brill | Rodopi, 2016.

Franklin, J.Jeffrey. Spirit Matters : Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religions, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain. Cornell University Press, 2018.

George, Sam, and Bill Hughes. Open Graves, Open Minds : Representations of Vampires and the Undead From the Enlightenment to the Present Day. Manchester University Press, 2015.

Lynch, Jack. Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Salem Press, 2010.

Maunder, Andrew. Bram Stoker. Liverpool University Press, 2006.

O’Malley, Patrick R. Catholicism, Sexual Deviance, and Victorian Gothic Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Peirse, Alison. After Dracula : The 1930s Horror Film. I.B. Tauris, 2013.

Simpson-Housley, Paul, and Carol Margaret Davison. Bram Stoker’s Dracula : Sucking Through the Century, 1897-1997. Dundurn Press, 1997.

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. The Vampire Film : Undead Cinema. WallFlower Press, 2012.

Wolf, Leonard. Blood Thirst : 100 Years of Vampire Fiction. Vol. [Paperback ed.], Oxford University Press, 1999.

Other Library Databases

Books

Here is a sampling of some books available on Dracula and vampires in the SCC Library:

Belford, Barbara. Bram Stoker: a Biography of the Author of Dracula. 1st ed., Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (823.8 STOKERZB 1996)

Brodman, Barbara, and James E. Doan. Images of the Modern Vampire: the Hip and the Atavistic. 2013. (398.45 IMAGES 2013)

Lynch, Jack. Critical Insights: Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Salem Press, 2010. (823.8 DRACULA 2010) [also available in the Salem Press library database]

Poole, W. Scott. Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting. First paperback ed., 2014. (398.2454 POOLE 2014)

Senf, Carol A. Dracula: between Tradition and Modernism. Twayne Publishers, 1998. (823.8 SENF 1998)

Skal, David J. Something in the Blood: the Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula. Liveright Publishing, 2016. (823.8 STOKERzs 2016)  -- also available on the library's Kindle and Nook ebook readers

Steinmeyer, Jim. Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2013. (823.8 STEINME 2013)

The following books can be found in the Reference section of the SCC Library.  They do not check out, but sections can be copied with the library's free copy machine.         

Joshi, S. T. Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: an Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares. Greenwood Press, 2007. (R 809.9164 ICONS O 2007)  [volume 2 includes a chapter on Dracula]

Moss, Joyce. Literature and Its Times. 2002. (R 809.93358 LITERAT 1997) [article on Dracula gives the historical context] - this source is also available in the Gale eBooks database

Westfahl, Gary. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy : Themes, Works, and Wonders. Greenwood Press, 2005. (R 809.915 GREENWO 2005)