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Grief and mourning are generally considered to be private, yet universal instincts. But in a media age of televised funerals and visible bereavement, elegies are increasingly significant and open to public scrutiny. Providing an overview of the history of the term and the different ways in which it is used, David Kennedy:
Emphasising and explaining the significance of elegy today, this illuminating guide to an emotive literary genre will be of interest to students of literature, media and culture.
1. Form without frontiers 2. What was elegy? 3. The work of mourning 4. The needs of ghosts: modern elegy 5. Female elegists and feminist readers 6. After mourning: virtual bodies, aporias and the work of dread 7. Elegy diffused, elegy revived