Congratulations to Michele Aaron whose book Death and the Moving Image: Ideology, Iconography and I,  won the Kraszna-Krausz award for best Moving Image Book of the Year.

The short-listed books were on display in the new Media Space at the Science Museum for several months and Michele’s triumph was announced at an awards ceremony  there on the 18th of May. The nomination coincided with the publication in paperback version of the book by Edinburgh University Press.

Death and the Moving Image reveals the ambivalent place of death in twentieth and twenty-first century culture: the ongoing split between its over- and under-statement, between its cold, bodily, realities and its fantastical, transcendental and, most importantly, strategic depictions. Our screens are steeped in death’s dramatics: in spectacles of glorious sacrifice or bloody retribution, in the ecstasy of agony, but always in the promise of redemption. This book is about the staging of these dramatics in mainstream Western film and the discrepancies that fuel them and are, by return, fuelled by them. Exploring the impact of gender, race, nation or narration upon them, this groundbreaking study isolates how mainstream cinema works to bestow value upon certain lives, and specific socio-cultural identities, in a hierarchical and partisan way. 

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Key Features

  • Examines the formal, psychological and political exchange between cinema and death
  • Accessible 'before, during, after' structure: of death's presence as narrative promise, physical event and spectatorial reaction.
  • Considers how filmmaking practice or visual medium affect the representation of death and its cultural significance