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Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise - Alan Warren Friedman

Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise

Hardcover Published: 24th February 1995
ISBN: 9780521442619
Number Of Pages: 354

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Cultures reveal themselves in how they react to death: how they ritualise it, tell its story, heal themselves. Before the modern period, death and dying seemed definitive, public, and appropriate. The industrial revolution, the Great War, and the radical re-envisioning of inner and outer reality after Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Einstein, van Gennep, and Freud, destabilised cultural norms and transformed the protocols of death and dying. In Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise Alan Friedman traces the semiotics of death and dying in twentieth-century fiction, history, and culture. He describes how modernist writers either, like Forster and Woolf, elided rituals of dying and death; or, rediscovering the body as Lawrence and Hemingway did, transformed Victorian 'aesthetic death' into modern 'dirty death'. And he goes on to show how, through postmodern fiction and AIDS narratives, death has once again become cultural currency.

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"...an ambititous, intelligent work with a far broader scope than its title suggests. Drawing upon an array of canonical works throughout Western literature as well as a trove of extra-literary materials, Friedman provides a rich and informative context for evaluating the treatement of death, or the absence of treatment, in modernist literature." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

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Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Fictional death and the modernist enterprisep. 5
Climactic deathp. 31
The ars moriendip. 47
Dying in bedp. 71
Artifices of mortalityp. 87
Funerals and storiesp. 117
Life after lifep. 141
Survivors of apocalypsep. 165
E.M. Forsterp. 186
Virginia Woolfp. 207
Late modernism: Graham Greenep. 230
Late modernism: Lawrence Durrellp. 250
Postmodernism: history, chaos, and deathp. 266
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780521442619
ISBN-10: 0521442613
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 24th February 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.85  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.73

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