dr. marius crisan
An interpretation of the Dracula myth which sheds light on Romanian spiritual values
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The Impact of a Myth:
Dracula and the Image of Romania in British and American Literatures

This research studies the impact of the Dracula myth on the reflection of Romania in British and American representations, and also intends to offer a synthesis of the Romanian answer to this phenomenon.

The project has an interdisciplinary perspective: between Dracula Studies, imagology and ethnology. This approach is a continuation of my doctoral research, which was carried out at the University of
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Turin. The PhD thesis entitled Imagining Transylvania: The Construction of a Mythical Space from Stoker's Predecessors to Dracula analysed the image of Transylvania in Bram Stoker's Dracula, drawing a parallel between images in the novel and images in the sources consulted by Stoker. In this research I intend to study the complexity of the Dracula myth and its impact on the reflection of Romania in British and American representations.
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POST-PROJECT ACTIVITY:
Workshop WHERE’S THE PLACE OF DRACULA: (DE)CONSTRUCTING STEREOTYPES IN THE STUDY OF THE MYTHICAL SPACE IN LITERATURE AND THE ARTS

part of the International Conference Beliefs and Behaviours in Education and Culture,
West University of Timișoara, Romania,

2nd edition, 23-25 June 2016.

The study of literary texts may contribute to the (de)construction of stereotypes about people and places. Starting from the hypothesis that literature and myth simplify history and transform objective reality into subjective perception, we intend to discuss the relationship between space and imagination, including the situation in which a successful literary work may transform geographic reality into story, and the visit into a way of reading. We intend to discuss reading both as a hermeneutic practice and aesthetic experience, based on the impact of the work of art on the reader.

We open the discussion by the example of the Dracula myth, with the variety of its forms of manifestation (literature, film, visual arts etc.) and the representations of Transylvania in Western imagination, and we want to extend the debate to other spaces which are “transformed” by literary perception.

The workshop intends to open a debate on some issues such as, but not limited to:
- Reading and feelings: subjective perceptions of geography and history;
- The relationship between literature and film in the representation of the mythical space;
- The importance of the Gothic in contemporary media representations: aesthetic experience and emotional impact;
- Reading and stereotypes: empirical approaches to the reaction of the audience to narration or to the work of art;
- The attraction of the audience to horror and violence: the identification with the fictional hero;
- The association of myths (such as the Dracula myth or other myths revived in contemporary times) with real locations;
- The contemporary uses of the Dracula myth: what does Dracula represent for Romanians, on the one hand, and for the Western readers, on the other?
- Emotions and Identification;
- Advantages and Disadvantages in using stereotypes in the study of the work of art;
- Emotion and cognition in entertainment: the role of education.

The workshop is part of the International Conference Beliefs and Behaviours in Education and Culture, Timișoara, Romania, 25-27 June 2015.

Webpage of the workshop: clik here

Website of the conference: clik here

Keynote speakers:
Professor Clive Bloom (Middlesex University)
Professor Ingrid Schoon (University College London)
Professor Alexandru Gafton, ("Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iaşi)
Professor Ștefan Borbély (Babes-Bolyai University)
Professor Régis Malet (University of Bordeaux)
Dr. Sam George (University of Hertfordshire)

The conference also includes other workshops (see the website clik here).

Please submit 100 word abstracts to our website: clik here
or by email to: Dr. Marius-Mircea Crișan (conference coordination, Humanities): e-mail


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INTERNATIONAL MICROCONFERENCE
OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT

THE IMPACT OF A MYTH: DRACULA AND THE IMAGE OF ROMANIA IN BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURES

- West University of Timişoara, Vasile Pârvan Blvd. 4 -
- 18 July 2013, Amphitheater A01, at 1600 -


Professor Dr. FARKAS JENÖ, University Eötvös Lóránd Budapest, The Image of Dracula for Contemporaries and Posterity.
Professor Dr. OTILIA HEDEŞAN, Romanian Vampiric Complex. Mythology and Geography.
Senior Lecturer Dr. MARIUS CRIŞAN, Dracula and the Fictional Representation of the Romanian Space.
Senior Lecturer Dr. CLAUDIU MESAROŞ, About a Philosophy of the Brand: Dracula as a Multilayered Identity

Workshop: Space and Myth in Literature: Imagological Approaches and Didactic Perspectives.
Themes: click here

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