Clockworks Academy Class on Dracula 1931

This is my class on the 1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi! Feel free to share it widely! I’ll respond to comments and questions by email, in the comments below, or on twitter @doctormoffett!


Here is a list of books, articles, essays, and movies I consulted in preparation for this lecture:

Barthes, Roland. S/Z. Blackwell, 1990.

Flynn, John L. Cinematic Vampires : the Living Dead on Film and Television, from The Devil's Castle (1896) to Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). McFarland & Co., 1992.

Hunt, Leon, et al. Screening the Undead : Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television. 2014.

Joslin, Lyndon W. Count Dracula Goes to the Movies : Stoker's Novel Adapted, 1922-1995. McFarland & Co., 1999.

Klinger, Leslie S. Notes to The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker. Norton, 2008.

Kristeva, Julia. Desire in Language : a Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art. Columbia University Press, 1980.

Laemmle, Carl et al. Dracula. Fullscreen. ed., Universal Studios, 1999.

Peirse, Alison. “Dracula on Film, 1931 - 1959.” In: Lockhurst, R, (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to ‘Dracula'. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Rickels, Laurence A., and ProQuest. The Vampire Lectures. University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Skal, David J. Hollywood Gothic : the Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen. Norton, 1990.

Skal, David. “Feature Commentary” on Carl Laemmle et al. Dracula. Fullscreen. ed., Universal Studios, 1999.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Dover, 2000.

Ursini, James., and Alain Silver. The Vampire Film. A. S. Barnes, 1975.

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. The Vampire Film : Undead Cinema. Wallflower, 2012.

Williamson, Milly. The Lure of the Vampire : Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy. Wallflower, 2005.

Wolf, Leonard. Notes to The Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker. Clarkson N. Potter, 1975.

Plus wikipedia and IMDB to double check actor and crew member names and dates.


The motion picture Dracula copyright by Universal Studios, 1931.

Frankenstein copyright Universal Studios, 1931.

The Mummy copyright Universal Studios, 1932.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula copyright by Columbia Pictures, 1992.

Sesame Street copyright Sesame Workshop, 2019.

My use of clips from copyrighted materials in this lecture is fair use since the material is used in an educational context for analysis of the text, the clips are not presented in such as way as to diminish the market or value of the copyrighted work, I am not profiting from the use of the copyrighted material, and the total quoted material is equal to less than 10% of the content of the copyrighted film.

Dracula  is available to rent via YouTube and Google Play and probably elsewhere too!