Overlooked Books #4

For once, this wasn’t a book I stumbled on via Amazon. On Monday, my copy of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula’s newsletter, The Borgo Post, arrived. I read through it yesterday and came across a book I’d never heard of before, and endorsed by the society’s president, Elizabeth Miller.


2013 (?) / January 2014 (?)

The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker’s Transylvania / Marius – Mircea Crişan

Copyright by UJMAG.roShe wrote, “Crisan provides a thoroughly researched examination of Stoker’s depiction of Transylvania. If you are looking for solid research, free of wild speculation, then this is the book for you.” (Miller 2014). High praise, indeed, considering Miller’s made a career from detaching “wild speculation” from Dracula studies.

Unfortunately, the book also has little in the way of online representation. No copies are available on Amazon—neither the American or British versions—and publication info is scarce. The link I’ve provided in the title is to its publisher listing, which doesn’t even seem to have a shopping cart enabled, despite giving “21 lei” as its price.

I’m uncertain about its publication date because two dates are mentioned in the few sources of info I’ve found about this book. Morehead (2014) cites “2013”, as does the author’s publications page (Crişan n.d.). Meanwhile, the book’s publisher says “01-2014”. The publisher listing is—as a rule of thumb—is the obvious bet!

Crişan’s publications page lists another book he’s written, Dracula și reprezentarea ficțională a spațiului românesc (2013). I thought that might mean that the English work is a translation of the Romanian one, due to their title similarities. But, no. It’s an entirely different one, as a publisher listing for the Romanian book confirms:

The volume Impactul uni mit: Dracula și reprezentarea ficționala a spațiului romanesc (“The Impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Fictional representation of the Romanian space”) is an interdisciplinary study that combines an imagological perspective with an approach based on Dracula Studies. This book continues the research presented in my previous volume, published in English: The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker’s Transylvania (București: Pro Universitaria, 2013). The Birth of the Dracula Myth analysed the image of Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, drawing a parallel between the novel and the sources consulted by Stoker on Transylvania, and focusing on what Stoker read and what he wrote about this region of contemporary Romania. (Editura Pro Universitaria 2014)

Both works sound incredibly interesting. I’ve sent an e-mail off to the publisher to see how to go about getting my hands on these beauties—oh, and to get a straight answer on the publication date for The Birth of the Dracula Myth. In the meantime, I recommend checking out Marius – Mircea Crişan’s website which documents his research into vampirism.

References

Crişan, Marius – Mircea. n.d. “Results of the Research Carried Out in the Project PN-II-RU-PD-2011-3-0194.” The Impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Image of Romania in British and American Literatures. Accessed July 23, 2014. http://www.themythoftransylvania.ro/publications_en.htm.

Editura Pro Universitaria. 2014. “Impactul uni mit: Dracula și reprezentarea ficționala a spațiului romanesc.” Pro Universitaria. Accessed July 23, 2014. http://www.prouniversitaria.ro/carte/impactul-unui-mit-dracula-si-reprezentarea-fictionala-a-spatiului-romanesc-.

Miller, Elizabeth. 2014. “President’s Report.” The Borgo Post, Summer, 1.

Morehead, John W. 2014. “Titles of Interest – ‘The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker’s Transylvania’.” TheoFantastique, April 20. Accessed July 23, 2014. http://www.theofantastique.com/2014/04/20/titles-of-interest-the-birth-of-the-dracula-myth-bram-stokers-transylvania/.

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