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Miss Christina Wilkins 

Postgraduate research student

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Miss Christina Wilkins is Postgraduate research student within English at the University of Southampton.

I undertook both my BA and MA in English at Southampton, and chose to stay on to undertake my PhD as many of the academics were well-versed in relevant research interests and easy to work with. My MA dissertation set the groundwork for my PhD research, looking at heteronormativity and gender identity in vampire fiction 1980-present.

Research interests

My research revolves around post 9/11 vampire fiction and the resurgence of religion. I focus on the various ways it is encoded, how it defines identity and how it is culturally represented. Accordingly, I am interested in anything to do with religious representations, issues of identity and alterity and cultural trauma. My research also focuses on US culture and I'm fascinated by that too.

Conference Papers

I've given various papers at conferences over the course of my PhD, including ‘Transatlantic Differences and the Struggle for Identity in the 21st Century Monster' at the ‘Monsters: Subject, Abject, Object' conference in Manchester (April 2012), ‘Sublimated Religion and the Cult of Vampirism on US TV' at the Religion in US Life conference at Kings College London (February 2013), and most recently, ‘Fighting Metaphorical Battles: The Americanisation of the TV Vampire Post 9/11' at the ‘Fangdom' conference in Northampton in early June 2013.

Other Activities

I have designed a Lifelong Learning module loosely based on my research interests entitled ‘Dracula, Frankenstein and the Cultural Legacy: The Monster in Culture'.

Miss Christina Wilkins
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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