Death representations in literature : forms and theories by Adriana Teodorescu

By Adriana Teodorescu

If the tutorial box of demise reviews is a filthy rich one, there nonetheless appears a degree of distrust in regards to the capability of literature to supply socially appropriate information regarding dying and to assist enhance the anthropological knowing of ways tradition is formed by way of the human of mortality. additionally, the connection among literature and loss of life has a tendency to be trivialized, within the feel that dying representations are interpreted in an over-aestheticized demeanour. As such, this technique has a propensity to contemplate demise in literature to be major just for literary reports, and provides upward push to yes continual cliches, resembling the facility of literature to annihilate dying. This quantity overcomes such stereotypes, and divulges the good strength of literary reviews to supply clean and actual methods of interrogating demise as a gradual and unavoidable human fact and as an ever-continuing socio-cultural development. the amount brings jointly researchers from a variety of countries--the united states, the united kingdom, France, Poland, New Zealand, Canada, India, Germany, Greece, and Romania--with assorted educational backgrounds in fields as different as literature, artwork heritage, social reports, criminology, musicology, and cultural reports, and offers solutions to questions corresponding to: What are the gains of dying representations in yes literary genres? Is it attainable to talk of an homogeneous imaginative and prescient of loss of life with regards to a few literary hobbies? How do writers understand, think, and describe their loss of life via their own diaries, or how do they metabolize the demise of the "significant others" via their writings? To what quantity does the literary illustration of demise check with the extra-fictional, socio-historically developed "Death"? Is it ethical to symbolize dying in kid's literature? What are the variations and similarities among representing demise in literature and loss of life representations in different hooked up fields? Are metaphors and literary representations of demise kinds of demise denial, or, to the contrary, a extra insightful manner of taking pictures the which means of loss of life?

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Each time a picture tells about the past, “a bygone”, about what it used to be like, thus evoking the sense of melancholy. Barthes writes: With the photograph, we enter into flat Death. ” – As if the horror of Death were not precisely its platitude! The horror is this: nothing to say about the death of one whom I love most, nothing to say about her photograph, which I contemplate without ever being able to get to the heart of it, to transform it (Barthes 1982, 92-93). 36 Writing in the Shadow of Death: Proust, Barthes, Tuszynska Barthes doubts the sense of his existence, which with time becomes shadowy, falling into void to finally be sealed with his own death.

Proust and Sense of Time. New York: Columbia University Press. Proust, Marcel. 2001a. In Search of Lost Time. Swann’s Way. London: Everyman Publishers plc. —. 2001b. In Search of Lost Time. Sodom and Gomorrah. London: Everyman Publishers plc. —. 2001c. In Search of Lost Time. The Guermantes Way. London: Everyman Publishers plc. Saint Augustine. 1949. The Confessions. New York: Random House. TuszyĔska, Agata. 2007. ûwiczenia z utraty [The Exercises of Loss]. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie. BRINGING DEATH TO WORDS WHEN POETIZING DORIN ùTEFĂNESCU Abstract: The study aims to investigate the way in which the experience of the non-identity operates in an “imponderable” – unpresentable – phenomenon such as that of the death, when the word tries to tell it.

The way we grapple with death in spite of its inevitability and recognition of its existence never follows a predetermined formula or standards. Each time an individual is equally scared, unprepared, despite all the efforts undertaken previously. In her attempt to learn about the matter of death, Agata TuszyĔska mentions a Swiss researcher, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, who in the 1960s conducted studies on terminally ill people. Referring to the phases of sickness and dying that Ross formulated, TuszyĔska draws a conclusion that there is nothing like a canon of dying, one scenario; the behavior of a person dying and of those who accompany him or her each time is different.

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