Dr. Louise Child is a lecturer in religious studies at Cardiff University, U.K. She is interested in dreams, visions, myths, and rituals and how they are explored in indigenous and popular film and television and has published articles on animism, gender, and indigenous film in New Zealand and collective consciousness and the sacred in Star Trek and The Sopranos. She has also edited a collection on Religion and Sight with Aaron Rosen. Her book, Dreams, Vampires, and Ghosts: Anthropological Perspectives on the Sacred and Psychology in Film and Television (2023) suggests ways in which the anthropology of religion can contribute to the study of cinematic and televisual narratives.
ArticlesIntroduction Many examinations of magic and witchcraft in film and television focus on the gender dynamics depicted and what these can reveal about attitudes to women and power in the eras in which they were made. For example, Campbell, in Cheerfully Empowered: The Witch-Wife in Twentieth Century Literature, Television and Film draws from scholarship such as Greene's...Read more