Danielle Kirby: Fantasy and belief: alternative religions, popular narratives and digital cultures. Sheffield and Bristol, CT: Equinox, 2013; pp. ix + 194 [Book review]

Farley, Helen (2016) Danielle Kirby: Fantasy and belief: alternative religions, popular narratives and digital cultures. Sheffield and Bristol, CT: Equinox, 2013; pp. ix + 194 [Book review]. Journal of Religious History, 40 (1). pp. 140-141. ISSN 0022-4227

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Abstract

Popular culture is resplendent with fantastical narratives populated by mythical creatures of infinite variety. Very often these narratives have spiritual overtones, plumbing commonalities with various religious traditions and offering an alternative and accessible portal into a spiritual life. Kirby’s Fantasy and Belief is an exploration of the nexus between these narratives, popular culture and spiritual belief, using the Otherkin as a particular case study. The Otherkin, those individuals who identify as non-human, believe themselves to have non-human souls, or at least not entirely human souls, that are spiritually oriented. Kirby distinguishes the Otherkin from other enthusiastic consumers of fan fiction.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2016 Religious History Association. Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 05:54
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 00:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Studies in religion; religious studies; religion in society; otherkin; fantasy literature
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/1467-9809.12313
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29005

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