Dracula and the Eastern Question: British and French Vampire by Matthew Gibson (auth.)

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The very self-conscious comparison which Polidori makes between Greece and Italy in his letter to Byron supports this view, as does the fact that, despite his exposure to philhellenism through Byron and his coterie, and later through Lady Guilford, Polidori never expresses any support for the Greek cause in any of his letters home. However, a more pragmatic reason for maligning philhellenism would have been the relationship between the Ottomans and the Austrians over the Adriatic. 32 This meant that Austria bordered the Ottomans both in Albania and Bosnia, not to mention other areas.

Eventually shaken by his defeat, the Hungarian Diet accepted the olive branch offered in the Peace of Szathmar (1711), which included a general amnesty and recognition of Hungarian rights (Leger, p. 341). 46 Dracula and the Eastern Question Throughout the eighteenth century there were continued concessions to Hungarian autonomy. 11 In 1787 a Hungary that included Croatia and Transylvania was divided into ten regions, but with a centralised system in Budapest. After Josef’s death in 1790, Leopold II came to power and, with what Barbara Jelavich understands as a ‘greater sense of political realism’ (Jelavich, p.

While noting the Byronic influence in the play (as well as that of Wieland and Shakespeare), Lorne Macdonald sees in it an inversion of 32 Dracula and the Eastern Question Polidori’s oedipal relation with (and murderous intentions on) his father, since Gaetano Polidori, like Anselmo, had embarked on a mixed marriage, and had never quite reconciled himself to this. He also understands Ximenes’s eventual suicide as constituting an introversion of the character’s former murderous intentions against Gustavus, and thus as a sublimation of John Polidori’s own suicidal tendencies as a result of introverting his patricidal feelings (Macdonald, pp.

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