Dracula is a narrative that has risen above its own origins, having been translated and adapted across mediums it has inundated culture with vampires. However, with each adaptation the narrative and characters adapt into something new. This study is interested in the mechanism behind this evolution and argues that memes and, and their interpretations, are largely responsible for these shifts across adaptations. Three memes, in particular, tend to be adapted in films of Dracula. They include Dracula's appearance, Mina's empowerment, and the nature of the bite that they share. This analysis covers how these memes functioned in Stoker's original novel and how they adapted in the films Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1979) to reflect the developing culture norms regarding sexuality.
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McArthur, Ian Duncan, "Adapting Dracula: The Afterlives of Stoker's Memes in Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1979)" (2017). All Theses and Dissertations. 6477.
Dracula, Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1979), Film, Mina, Adaptation Theory, Memes, Sexuality