This thesis examines the prevalence of vampires in popular culture of the new millennium, focusing on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Eric Kripke's Supernatural and Alan Ball's True Blood. It investigates the relationship between vampires - as constructions within the popular imaginary - and the sociological moment known as the "post-secular". Special regard is given to the "soul", a term invested with overlapping, and at times contradictory, metaphysical concepts. In deconstructing both the vampire and its relationship to the soul, such texts pose existential and theological questions that are characteristic of the post-secular epoch.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||10 Apr 2019|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|
- Embargoed from 08/07/2019 to 08/07/2021. Made publicly available on 08/07/2021.