On Mourning: Theories of Loss in Modern Literature
On Mourning: Theories of Loss in Modern Literature
Edinburgh University Press

On Mourning: Theories of Loss in Modern Literature

  • Publish Date: 2004-02-28
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: William Watkin

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Since the events of September 11th the problems of loss, mourning and commemoration have preoccupied our culture. Ours is not a culture in mourning so much as a mourning culture. Mourning, and its ethical and communal implications, therefore, are central to an understanding of contemporary western culture and its development in the new millennium.On Mourning confronts the issue of loss and its commemoration in contemporary writing. Bringing together work from literary studies, anthropology, psychoanalysis, cultural theory and contemporary philosophy, William Watkin offers an overview of the process of mourning in our culture that is both wide-reaching and challenging. He provides illuminating readings of contemporary writing practices, showing how our 'mourning culture' is manifested in traditional elegies, contemporary novels, personal narratives, emotional speech and political rhetoric. In particular, Watkin considers the central issues of emotional authenticity, the relationship between commemor


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