Death in Classic and Contemporary Film

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  • Editors
  • Daniel Sullivan
  • Jeff Greenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: When the Lights Go Down

    1. Daniel Sullivan, Jeff Greenberg
      Pages 1-15
  3. Terror Management Theory and Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Joel D. Lieberman, Mark Fergus
      Pages 37-52
  4. Aspects of Death Denial in Individual Films and Genres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Sheldon Solomon, Mark J. Landau
      Pages 55-71
    3. Sander L. Koole, Daniel Fockenberg, Mattie Tops, Iris K. Schneider
      Pages 135-150
  5. Directors Engaging with Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Peter Cowie
      Pages 153-165
    3. Susan White
      Pages 167-183
    4. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 185-196
  6. The Prospect of Transcendence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Daniel Sullivan, Jeff Greenberg
      Pages 231-245
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-263

About this book


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.


cinema emotion ethics film knowledge psychology Stanley Kubrick

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