Mr Daniel Michael Satele

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

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


In addition to my academic work, my career spans non-fiction and creative writing, art, music and performance.

My essays have appeared in ArtAsiaPacificArt New Zealand and The New Zealand Listener. My creative writing was included as artwork in the exhibition The Cold Islanders at Waikato Museum in 2017. In 2016 became a practitioner of traditional Polynesian weaving. I document my weaving on a page called "Daniel's Weaving." My singing and music is archived on Soundcloud. In 2014 I curated The Drowned World, a virtual art exhibition with associated events held around New Zealand. I am the star of Rebecca 2 (2011), an independent feature film directed by Anna Breckon. In 2006 my fiction was featured in Niu Voices, a major anthology of contemporary Pacific fiction. In 2003 I was runner-up to the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, New Zealand's preeminent shorty story prize at the time.

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. 

I find that due to blood's historical role as the perceived agent of race and heredity, the vampire novel became a special tool with which audiences, over successive generations, have sought to understand the meanings of group identity and communal belonging in the contexts of their modern, multiethnic, democratic societies. 

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
  • History of blood
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Psychoanalysis of race

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.