Scientia 2009: Kaitlin Johnstone

Kaitlin Johnstone is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in history. Kaitlin is also a member of Lambda Iota Tau and Delta Epsilon Sigma. She has participated in the production of both The Wood Word and the Bayleaf during her time at Marywood. Kaitlin has also conducted internships at Northeast Editing, Inc. and Happenings Magazine, learning the ins and outs of the world of writing, editing, and publishing. These internships have helped Kaitlin to learn her love for the field, and following graduation she plans to find a job in this area of interest. Kaitlin would like to thank Christina Elvidge for her help, support, and encouragement not only on this thesis, but also from day one of college. Her accomplishments these past four years would not have been possible without this teacher's encouragement. She would also like to thank Alexander Vari for his assistance and input, as well as William Conlogue for his guidance and assistance these past few years. Finally, Kaitlin would like to thank her friends and family, for without their patience, confidence, and support she would never have finished this process in a sane state of mind.

Count Transylvania Out: Bram Stoker’s Dracula as a Reflection of Irish Myth and History

Director: Ms. Christina Elvidge
Reader: Dr. Alexander Vari


Throughout time many people have attributed Bram Stoker‘s novel Dracula to the tale of Vlad the Impaler, a corrupt ruler who executed similar acts of punishment to those seen throughout the pages of the novel. The presence of beheading and the act of impaling his victims often links Vlad to Stoker‘s vampire. The basis for this novel has long been attributed to Transylvanian culture and folklore. People have rarely speculated whether this attribution was true or not. It was easy to accept a fact that seemed so accurate, with a tale wrapped in mystery and horror. Many people do not necessarily know much about the Transylvanian culture or its traditions, therefore the ambiguity makes it a perfect setting and catalyst for this mystifying creation. However, beyond the story and correlation with Vlad the Impaler, there lies little similarity.

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