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Death and Representation : Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society - Sarah Webster Goodwin

Death and Representation

Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society

By: Sarah Webster Goodwin (Editor), Elizabeth Bronfen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1993
ISBN: 9780801846274
Number Of Pages: 344
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Death is a subject of increasing interest in virtually all academic disciplines, yet there is surprisingly little theoretical work on the representation of death in literary contexts. Death and Representation offers a unique collection of international and interdisciplinary essays, rich in cultural perspectives but sharing a relatively common vocabulary. It provides models for a number of interrelated approaches -- including psychoanalytic, feminist, and historical -- with essays by prominent and promising scholars. Contributors are Ernst van Alphen, Mieke Bal, Regina Barreca, Elisabeth Bronfen, Carol Christ, Sander Gilman, Sarah Webster Goodwin, Margaret Higonnet, Regina Janes, Ellie Ragland-Sullivan, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Ronald Schleifer, Charles Segal, and Garrett Stewart.

Scholarly, sensitive, and provocative inquiries into ways of revisioning and broadening people's understanding of the final exit. * World Literature Today *

Preface
Introductionp. 3
Reading Death: Sign, Psyche, Text
Touching Deathp. 29
A Valediction For Bidding Mourning: Death and the Narratee in Bronte's Villettep. 51
Lacan, the Death Drive, and the Dream of the Burning Childp. 80
Risky Resemblances: On Repetition, Mourning, and Representationp. 103
Death and Gender
Painting the Dead: Portraiture and Necrophilia in Victorian Art and Poetryp. 133
Romanticism and the Ghost of Prostitution: Freud, Maria, and "Alice Fell"p. 152
Writing as Voodoo: Sorcery, Hysteria, and Artp. 174
Women in the Forbidden Zone: War, Women, and Deathp. 192
History, Power, Ideology
Euripides' Alcestis: How to Die a Normal Death in Greek Tragedyp. 213
Beheadingsp. 242
"Who Kills Whores?" "I Do," Says Jack: Race and Gender in Victorian Londonp. 263
Representing Sati: Continuities and Discontinuitiesp. 285
Afterword: Walter Benjamin and the Crisis of Representation: Multiplicity, Meaning, and Athematic Deathp. 312
Notes on Contributorsp. 335
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ISBN: 9780801846274
ISBN-10: 0801846277
Series: Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st December 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51