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Narrative and belief : the religious affordance of supernatural fiction, edited by Markus Altena Davidsen

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Narrative and belief : the religious affordance of supernatural fiction
Title
Narrative and belief
Title remainder
the religious affordance of supernatural fiction
Statement of responsibility
edited by Markus Altena Davidsen
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Language
eng
Summary
The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and certain other works of fantasy and science fiction have inspired some of their readers and viewers to believe that the superhuman powers of the story-worlds, such as Gandalf and the Force, exist also in the real world. We can say that such fictional narratives possess `religious affordance', for they contain certain textual features that afford or make possible a religious, rather than just a fictional, use of the text. This book aims to identify those features of the text that make it possible for a fictional narrative to inspire belief in the supernatural beings of the story, or even to facilitate ritual interaction with these beings. The contributions analyse the religious affordance and actual use of a wide range of texts, spanning from Harry Potter and Star Wars, over The Lord of the Rings and late 19th-century Scandinavian fantasy, to the Christian Gospels. Although we focus on the religious affordance of fictional texts, we also spell out implications for the study of religious narratives in general, and for the narrativist study of religion. This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Religion
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ERASA
Dewey number
809/.93382
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN49
LC item number
.N37 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Davidsen, Markus Altena
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  • Religion and literature
  • Religion in literature
  • Paranormal fiction
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
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Narrative and belief : the religious affordance of supernatural fiction, edited by Markus Altena Davidsen
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
ix, 126 pages
Isbn
9781138559660
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • (OCoLC)1010595931
  • (YBP)ybp14648758
Label
Narrative and belief : the religious affordance of supernatural fiction, edited by Markus Altena Davidsen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
ix, 126 pages
Isbn
9781138559660
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1010595931
  • (YBP)ybp14648758

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