• Christina Wilkins


Drawing upon the history of the vampire, this introductory chapter explores the figure’s origins and provides the background for how it has come to be portrayed post-9/11. Wilkins simultaneously introduces the key issues surrounding the events of 9/11: trauma, identity and religion, providing a brief context for each. It details the elements used in each chapter of the text and sets out its main argument: that the vampire embodies the anxieties of the post-9/11 cultural psyche (in the US) and functions as both symptom and solution for the related trauma of the events.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English, Creative Writing and American StudiesUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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