Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise

Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise

by Alan Warren Friedman
ISBN-10:
0521442613
ISBN-13:
9780521442619
Pub. Date:
03/28/2012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise

Death and dying once seemed definitive, public, and appropriate; but the Industrial Revolution, the Great War, and the reenvisioning of reality by scientists and philosophers destabilized cultural norms. In Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise Friedman traces the semiotics of death and dying in twentieth-century fiction, history, and culture. He describes how modernist writers either elided rituals of dying, or, rediscovering the body, transformed Victorian "aesthetic death" into modern "dirty death." And he shows how, through postmodern fiction and AIDS narratives, death has once again become cultural currency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521442619
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Fictional death and the modernist enterprise; 2. Climactic death; 3. The ars moriendi; 4. Dying in bed; 5. Artifices of mortality; 6. Funerals and stories; 7. Life after life; 8. Survivors of apocalypse; 9. E. M. Forster; 10. Virginia Woolf; 11. Late modernism: Graham Greene; 12. Late modernism: Lawrence Durrell; 13. Postmodernism: history, chaos and death; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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