This Independent Study is a historical fiction novella, written to be the travel journal of Bram Stoker (the author of Dracula) as he travels in Romania to research a sequel examining the historical figure he based the Count on, Vlad the Impaler. It takes place in the summer of 1900, shortly before a period of political turmoil in Romania. During his travels, Bram meets Gheorghe Cantacuzino, the current prime minister of Romania, who will lose power only a few weeks after this novella. He will also spend most of his time with Mr. Wallach, the owner of the hotel he is staying at in Bucharest and the only English speaker he encounters. In the process of his research, Bram learns very quickly that Vlad, the man, the myth, and the monster is not as simple as he originally thought.


Hettinger, Madonna

Second Advisor

Prendergast, Thomas


English; History


European History | Fiction | Folklore | Medieval History


Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, Romania, Bram Stoker, Historical Fiction, Post-Colonial

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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