Mr Daniel Michael Satele

BA (Auckland); PGDip (Auckland); MA (Auckland)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Outside of my academic work I am a practitioner of traditional Polynesian weaving and a student of classical Hindustani singing.

From around 2005 to 2015 I contributed to numerous contemporary art publications, exhibitions, performances and other art projects, mostly in New Zealand.

Research | Current

My thesis is about blood in vampire novels. Taking Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897); Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (1954); and Octavia Butler's Fledgling (2005) as special case studies, I examine the permutations of the vampire figure, and of vampire texts, in English literature from their appearance with the Enlightenment through to the twenty-first century. 

My supervisor is Dr Eluned Summers-Bremner.


2013:   University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

2010:   University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Masters Thesis Scholarship

2003:   Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, Runner Up

2003:   University of Auckland Chancellor’s Award for Top Scholars

2002:   Avondale College Phil Raffils Memorial Scholarship 

Areas of expertise

  • Gothic literature
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan, Žižek) 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Satele, D. M. (2011). The Voice, Identity and Belonging in Three Twentieth Century Texts The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.