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Cóżeś pan uczynił, panie Stoker? Motywy fantastyczne w literackiej legendzie księcia Drakuli
What Have You Done, Mister Stoker? Fantastic Motifs in the Literary Legend of Count Dracula

Author(s): Katarzyna Walc
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The author analyzes supernatural themes appearing in contemporary literaryworks involving a 15th-century Vlach hospodar, Vlad Dracula, also known as theImpaler. Many of the analyzed novels employ the motif of vampirism, thus echoingthe idea of Bram Stoker’s, who gave his character – a vampire – an authentic, personalname. Other motifs discussed in the article are: a) the count as a sorcerers’ apprenticeor as a mage and a telepath; b) the count as chosen by the gods, or a servant of thedevil; c) the power of the count over animals; d) unusual phenomena and propheciesaccompanying the count’s birth; and finally, e) works of art and literature that“change the course of history.”

  • Page Range: 337-356
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish