The conclusion considers in brief those key aspects of postmillennial vampire narrative explored in the work. Transformations in the representation of the vampire reflect new political and cultural realities within which conventional signifiers of authority lose coherence even as the violence of global corporate and political bodies intensifies, and, whilst these shifts begin in the final decades of the last century (in the novels of Rice and Brite analysed in chapters one and two, for example), it is the postmillennial vampire narrative that often displays with particular clarity the vampire’s location within – and, in various ways, its enactment of – the political and cultural logic of these new realities. In chapters two, three and four this work has taken as its primary focus two of the most popular and influential vampire texts of the first decade of the new millennium: The Twilight Saga and True Blood. However, as chapter four intimates, there is room for extending this analysis to other literary and cinematic texts, and also to narratives that have brought to the fore that other ubiquitous Gothic monster of our time – the zombie – as another potential reconfiguration of the relation between violence and the sacred.
KeywordsSacred Violence Neoliberal Power Vampire
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