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Finding Books in Allecat


  • Start with the LAST NAME, First Name format for your author in the LC SUBJECT search box.
             Subject Heading: Stoker, Bram
                 Subject Heading:  Dracula 
  • You may also do a keyword search on your author's name to increase you results.
  • We will explore the interconnections among a specific literary work, subject headings related to that work, and "author as subject" searches. 



Starting Questions

Topic possibilities: Select one of the following and write a thesis driven essay.


1.      Discuss how the vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula highlights and articulates gender anxieties of late 19th Victorian England.


2.      Discuss the role of science in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and how it is represented and understood in the context of a supernatural figure.


3.      Discuss the conceptualizations of friendship in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the extent to which friendship does or does not play a role in the human relationships formed throughout the novel.


4.      Discuss the ideas of marriage in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and how this relationship informs conceptualizations of gender in the novel.


5.      Discuss conceptualizations of British national identity in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the extent to which they are gendered, raced, classed, etc.


Improving your search

How do the following work in a search statement?

*                example:  sex*

OR            example:  sex* OR gender

AND          example:  Dracula and gender*

( a or b)    example:  (class or race) AND (vampire or dracula)

"   "            example:   "samphic vampire"

When you find a relevant source in a database, what other actions can you take to find additinal sources?

 example:  Dracula's crypt : Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the question of blood

 example:  Kiss me with those red lips (in MLA Bibliography)

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