We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
Why are so many contemporary poets writing elegies? Given a century shaped by two world wars, vast population displacements, and shifting attitudes towards aging and death, is the elegy form adaptable to the changing needs of writers and audiences? In a sceptical age, where can consolation be found?
 

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Contents

The Work of Mourning as Reconnection The Contemporary EnglishCanadian Elegy
3
Parental Elegies and the Reconstruction of Family After Death
38
Elegies for Places and the Creation of Local Regional and National Identities
113
Elegies for Cultural Losses and Displacements
187
We Are What We Mourn
263
If We Are What We Mourn What Will We Become?
266
Notes
271
Bibliography
277
Index
295
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About the author (2009)

Priscila Uppal (1974-2018) was associate professor, English, York University and the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including Ontological Necessities and The Divine Economy of Salvation.

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