week 4 lect 2 - Literature in Translation 248: Vampire in...

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§ Literature in Translation 248: Vampire  in Literature and Film Week of February 09, 2009 n Tim Pierie n Ryan Gasper n Landon Peacock n Ryan Craven
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§ In Search of Dracula n The authors of the text took a journey into the  mountains of Romania in search of the  historic Castle Dracula. n  There is in fact confusion and perhaps  misinformation as to which castle is  authentically ‘Dracula’s Castle.’ n Bran Castle is often the castle depicted as  Dracula’s; the popularity if this castle grew  with the publication of Bram Stoker’s  Dracula as it is the one he used as his model. 
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§ In Search of Dracula Chapter 6 Right: Bran Castle represents well the gothic atmosphere of Dracula’s reign, despite the fact that it was not in fact his castle. He later would adopt several features for his own castle, particularly an intricate passageway that included a water supply, refuge spaces, places for torture and detention, and an escape route.
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§ In Search of Dracula § Folkloric tradition indicates that there were in fact two possible locations for the historical Castle Dracula, on either side of the Arges River. § One possible location is in the village of Poenari at the site of the former Poenari Fortress (left); the other is in the village of Arefu. § These sites are within a mile of one another. The authors adopt the stance that the historic location of Dracula’s Castle was in fact at Arefu, and not Poenari. § They contend that the historical chronicles confused the names of the two castles, and it is local tradition that correctly places Dracula’s Castle at Arefu. § Dracula reconstructed the existing structure at Arefu, the Castle Arges, but did not actually found the castle.
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§ In Search of Dracula Chapter 7: “Dracula Horror Stories” n McNally and Florescu attribute much of the  perpetuation of the Dracula legends to German  pamphlets of the period.  n Due to Dracula’s mistreatment of the Saxon  populations in Transylvania, tales of his historic acts of  cruelty were spread throughout Europe.  n One pamphlet was entitled,  The Frightening and Truly  Extraordinary Story of a Wicked and Blood-thirsty 
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§ In Search of Dracula Chapter 7: “Dracula Horror Stories” n Additionally, Brother Jacob of the Benedictine Monks created a manuscript  that detailed Dracula’s cruelty.  n Three monks fled to Dracula’s territory and met with the prince; upon their  meeting, Dracula interviewed the monks in hopes of discerning his place in  the eyes of God. n
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