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From the Inferior Other to the Becoming Being: a Reading of Dracula from Haddon’s Frame

Rajni Singh1 & Reema Chakrabarti2  

1Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. Orcid: 0000-0002-1569-8339. Email: rajnisingh18@gmail.com

2Junior Research Fellow, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. Email: chakrabarti.reema2012@gmail.com

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DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n4.08

Received July 04, 2017; Revised November 20, 2017; Accepted November 30, 2017; Published December 09, 2017.

Abstract

The paper aims to analyze the vampiric figure Dracula as portrayed in the television series by Cole Haddon to understand the nature of identity and the socio-political constructions and constrictions that constitute the self. An individual’s characteristics are often typecast by the projection of a ‘singular affiliation view’. Through the character of Dracula, an attempt will be made to demonstrate how ‘singular affiliation view’ can be deconstructed through ‘alternative identification’. In the process, it will also examine the agencies, such as knowledge, power, and relations that make Dracula a functioning individual who lives with the ambition to empower the self.

Keywords: Dracula; Alternate Identity; Knowledge/Power; Inter-relationships; Becoming Being.

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