Religion and Identity in the Post-9/11 Vampire

God Is (Un)Dead

  • Christina Wilkins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christina Wilkins
    Pages 1-19
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 191-197

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a unique argument for the emergence of a post-9/11 vampire that showcases changing perspectives on identity and religion in American culture, offering a look at how cultural narratives can be used to work through trauma. Cultural narratives have long played a valuable role in mediating difficult and politically sensitive topics. Christina Wilkins addresses how the figure of the vampire is used in modern narratives and how it has changed from previous incarnations, particularly in American narratives.

The vampire has been a cultural staple for centuries but the current conception of the figure has been arguably Americanized with the rise of the modern American vampire coinciding with the aftermath of 9/11. Wilkins investigates changes evident in cultural representations, and how they effectively mediate the altered approach to issues of trauma and identity. By investing metaphorical tropes with cultural significance, the book offers audiences the opportunity to consider new perspectives and prompt important discussions while also illuminating changes in societal attitudes.

Keywords

vampires cultural narrative religion and identity 9/11 Being Human True Blood The Strain trauma television

Authors and affiliations

  • Christina Wilkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English, Creative Writing and American StudiesUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77149-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77148-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77149-6
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