Publication Date

Spring 1-25-2024

Document Type


Faculty Sponsor

Justin Shaw




This essay was for Justin Shaw’s fall 2023 English major capstone class. The essay examines antisemitism and vampires, specifically Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, John Polidori’s short story The Vampyre; A Tale, and the episode “Monster Movie” from the TV show Supernatural through the lens of antisemitic stereotypes. By looking at the literary history of the vampire one can trace its physical antisemitic stereotypes and the influence of fear of the “other” with reverse-colonization by Jews. Starting with historically classic 19th century texts and ending with a modern day television show, it is evident that the antisemitic physical stereotypes of the vampire are still with us.


vampires, antisemitism, 19th century, supernatural horror, literature, Supernatural (TV show), Bram Stoker, John Polidori



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