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Film and the Afterlife

by David Rankin

Part of the Routledge Studies in Religion and Film Series

Film and the Afterlife Synopsis

This book explores how post-death existence is represented in popular film, looking at issues such as continuity, personal identity, and the nature of existence beyond the grave. Film often returns to the theme of dying, death and the afterlife, both directly and indirectly, because there are very few subjects as compelling and universal. The book compares the representation of death, dying and the afterlife in films to scholarly surveys of attitudes towards life-after-death through the analysis of twenty films made between the end of World War II and now. It looks at the portrayals of stages between death and a final destination; spatio-temporal and personal continuity; the nature of afterlife existence in terms of embodiment, or not; and the contact between the worlds of the living and the dead. This book offers a wide-ranging view on a compelling subject in film. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religion and Film, Religion and Media, the Philosophy of Religion, and the Sociology of Religion, as well as Religion, Media and Film Studies more generally .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780367138967
Publication date: 18th July 2019
Author: David Rankin
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 194 pages
Categories: Religion: general, Religion: general, Philosophy of religion, Philosophy of religion, Religion: general, Religion: general, Media studies, Religion: general,

About David Rankin

David Rankin is an ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and has served as both Principal of Trinity College Queensland, Australia, and Head of the School of Theology at Griffith University, Australia. His publications in the field include Tertullian and the Church (1995), From Clement to Origen (2006), Athenagoras (2009), and The Early Church and the Afterlife (2017).

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