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Vampires are so last century.

Everyone loves them a vampire. Some folks more literally than others. But what if we told you that the original bloodsuckers didn't have abs of steel? That they didn't fly around through trees? That they didn't…sparkle?

In this short course on Bram Stoker's Dracula, you'll be exposed to one of the world's first vampire sagas. With Common Core-aligned lesson plans, readings, and activities, you'll be able to

  • differentiate between Dracula and later types of vampires.
  • contextualize Dracula in the technological and cultural world of the late 1890s.
  • discuss the relationship between Dracula's form and its content.
  • explore the role and definition of masculinity with regard to the band of vampire hunters.
  • understand the role of technology in the story.

Just keep some garlic handy.

Here's a sneak peek at a video from the course. BYOP (bring your own popcorn).


Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Dracula

In fifteen short lessons, you'll go from vamp noob to vamp expert. Context will be key as we read our way through this 19th-century classic.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 1: From Drab to Fab

Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, raising his hand ominously.

It all started in May, 1897.

Well, if you want to get really nitpicky, it started with a short story by Lord Byron's doctor John Polidori in 1819. That's the year Polidori's story "Vampyre" was finally published, after he drafted it during the infamous summer vacation that also produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Before the 19th century, most vampire stories were Eastern European folklore about peasants who just wouldn't stay properly dead. Polidori turned them into international men of mystery: creepy, probably corrupt aristocratic types who have a pronounced preference for pretty girls.

All due respect to Polidori, though, Bram Stoker is the one who really made vampires happen.

Head on over to the reading for all the deets.