“Teaching Us To Die”: How Film and Television Can Reshape Our Thoughts About Dying a “Good Death”

Darcy G. Anderson (Cal State University, Fullerton)

The “Death Positive” movement has gained great momentum over the past few years and has caused more and more people to explore what it means to die the modern version of what Victorian’s called a “good death.” However, it seems that the mediums of film and television are still figuring out how to get on board with this movement. In this paper I will explore the liminal space that these forms of popular media find themselves stuck in around how we are dying. And how some creators are figuring out how to reshape the conversation in our death avoidant culture.

Part of 17-01 Continuing Conversations, Communicating Death, Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm