Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black

Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black


Edited by Daniel Sullivan, Edited by Jeff Greenberg

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 218mm x 24mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137276886
  • ISBN 13: 9781137276889
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 7 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,798,806

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Mortality is a recurrent theme in films across genres, periods, nations, and directors. This book brings together an accomplished set of authors with backgrounds in film analysis, psychology, and philosophy to examine how the knowledge of death, the fear of our mortality, and the ways people cope with mortality are represented in cinema.

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Author information

Daniel Sullivan is Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Arizona, USA. He is the co-author of many research articles and book chapters on topics ranging from psychology to film and literature. Jeff Greenberg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, USA, and is President of the International Society for Self and Identity. He is one of the co-creators of terror management theory, the co-author of many scientific articles and chapters, and the co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror, Hanging on and Letting Go, and The Worm at the Core.

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Table of contents

1. Introduction: When the Lights Go Down; Daniel Sullivan and Jeff Greenberg PART I: TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY AND FILM 2. A Terror Management Analysis of Films from Four Genres: The Matrix, Life is Beautiful, Iron Man 2, and Ikiru; Jeff Greenberg and Alisabeth Ayars 3. Mortality Salience in Apocalyptic Films; Joel Lieberman and Mark Fergus PART II: ASPECTS OF DEATH DENIAL IN INDIVIDUAL FILMS AND GENRES 4. Little Murders: Cultural Animals in an Existential Age; Sheldon Solomon and Mark J. Landau 5. Icons of Stone and Steel: Death, Cinema, and the Future of Emotion; Jennifer L. McMahon 6. Consumed in the Act: Grizzly Man and Frankenstein; Kirby Farrell 7. Black Swan/White Swan: On Female Objectification, Creatureliness, and Death Denial; Jamie L. Goldenberg 8. Death, Wealth, and Guilt: An Analysis of There Will be Blood; Daniel Sullivan 9. The Birth and Death of the Superhero Film; Sander L. Koole, Daniel Fockenberg, Mattie Tops, and Iris K. Schneider PART III: DIRECTORS ENGAGING WITH DEATH 10. Bergman and the Switching off of Lights; Peter Cowie 11. Death in the Films of Stanley Kubrick; Susan White 12. Haneke's Amour and the Ethics of Dying; Asbjorn Gronstad PART IV: THE PROSPECT OF TRANSCENDENCE 13. Visions of Death: Native American Cinema and the Transformative Power of Death; Jennifer L. McMahon 14. From Despair and Fanaticism to Awe: A Post-traumatic Growth Perspective on Cinematic HorrorL; Kirk J. Schneider 15. Conclusion: Cinematic Death Benefits; Daniel Sullivan and Jeff Greenberg