Mr Daniel Michael Satele

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. In 2014 I curated The Drowned World (, a virtual exhibition of seven New Zealand-based Pacific artists. My essays have appeared in ArtAsiaPacific, Art New Zealand and The New Zealand Listener. In 2003 I was runner-up to the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, esteemed as the preeminent short story writing competition in New Zealand. My text “There Was Never Silence” appeared in Niu Voices, a 2006 anthology of Pacific writing. For more information on my solo and group art exhibtions; performance and musical works, as well as links to many of my essays, please see my website:

Research | Current

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 in English literature from its appearance with the Enlightenment through to the twenty-first century. Drawing on Slavoj Žižek and other Lacanian thinkers, such as Joan Copjec and Todd McGowan, I argue that even as the modern medicalization of blood saw historically unprecedented technological manipulations of this vital substance, blood recurs over time as the object of productive misperceptions upon which modern communities rely in imagining themselves and their place in history. I find that through its focus on blood as a substantive link to the past and future of the individual and her/his community, the vampire genre repeatedly reveals not only that race occurs in an historical context, but also that the modern conception of history itself partakes of racialism.   

My supervisor is Dr Eluned Summers-Bremner:

Areas of expertise

Blood in literature; vampire fiction; Western modernity; Slavoj 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.