Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning

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Christian Riegel
University of Alberta, Feb 15, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 273 pages

Response to Death presents a literary historical perspective on mourning, tracing examples of mourning in literary works from the medieval world to the present day. Contributors offer a chronological examination of the concept of the work of mourning in specific literary and historical contexts, beginning with an exploration of the medieval York Cycle of plays and sixteenth-century French women's lyric, and continuing through the Renaissance with considerations of Shakespeare, the nineteenth century, and into the twentieth century.

 

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Contents

Mourning Becomes Electric
23
Womens Poetry of Grief and Mourning
55
Mourning Myth and Merchandising
75
Adams Mourning and the Herculean Task in Adam Bede
97
Hieroglyphics of Sleep and Pain
117
Colossal Departures
145
Reading the Ethics of Mourning in the Poetry of Donald Hall
161
If Only I Were Isis
179
Land of Their Graves
201
Using Up Words in Paul Monettes AIDS Elegy
217
Bibliography
247
About the Contributors
263
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About the author (2005)

Christian Riegel teaches Canadian literature, genre studies, and poetry at Campion College at the University of Regina. He is the editor of Challenging Territory: The Writing of Margaret Laurence and A Sense of Place: Re-evaluating Regionalism in Canadian and American Writing.

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