Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula.
The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel, and invasion literature. Stoker did not invent the vampire but he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, and television interpretations.
The Vampire in Literature and Film - a course at Harvard University, taught by Sue Weaver Schopf, Associate Dean Harvard Extension School, Program Director of the Master of Liberal Arts in 19 fields.
“The vampire story has been used by authors and filmmakers alike as an encoded way of talking about a lot of things besides vampirism,” says Schopf in this video. “It’s been a useful metaphor for a whole variety of anxieties that are inherent in the age.”
The slideshow presentation is here.