Dracula: Facts and Fictions
When most people think of Dracula, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of a caped count with fake blood dripping from his toothy mouth. This winter, students who register for the course Dracula: Facts and Fictions will learn the actual history behind the legendary figure.
Field expert and historian Professor Stephen Reinert will teach the online course, which runs December 22, 2017 – January 12, 2018. The course is offered by the Winter Session at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and open to all students.
According to Reinert, “the course is designed so students can broadly explore the entire phenomenon from the actual Dracula of history to imaginative constructions in contemporary propaganda, art, folklore, modern literature and film.”
Students will acquire skills and methods in analyzing how figures of history have attained iconic status. The course will include a full set of audio-enhanced PowerPoint lectures, equivalent to a semester’s worth of in-classroom presentations. Students engage in writing and reflection through forum discussions on key course themes.
Professor Reinert is fully versed in the sources and literature on the Dracula theme, having served as coordinating translator and editor of Matei Cazacu’s comprehensive study entitled Dracula, published in 2017 (Brill). He is also a specialist on the Balkans in the 14th and 15th centuries, which includes medieval Romania and Transylvania, and has taught Dracula courses at Rutgers numerous times.