Bram Stoker + Russophobia = Dracula

Life Elsewhere

“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.” We talk to Dr. Jimmie Cain about his theory and his book “Bram Stoker and Russophobia: Evidence of the British Fear of Russia in Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud”. The next edition of Life Elsewhere airs Monday, 19 at 9.00am EST (1400 GMT)

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