Mortality's Muse: The Fine Art of Dying

Mortality's Muse: The Fine Art of Dying

by D. T. Siebert


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ISBN-13: 9781611495751
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

D. T. Siebert is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Table of Contents

To the Reader

Preface: The Burden of Mortality

Chapter One: Two Cultures: One of Death and One of Life
A Culture of Death: Flesh in Decay
A Culture of Life: Flesh Forever Young
Between Two Worlds

Chapter Two: A Mighty Fortress is Our God: The Religious Consolation
Religious Belief
Worship and Prayer
Hell and Damnation
Imagine a Heaven
The Here and Now

Chapter Three: The Role of Art: The Secular Consolation
Poetry: Deceiver or Redeemer?
Tragic Art: Noble Suffering in Defeat
Tragic Art: Noble Suffering in Triumph
The Jester’s Trump
A Muse of Many Faces
Art’s Role

Chapter Four: Dying as a Performing Art
La Belle Mort
The Death of Jesus
The Death of Socrates
The Death of Charles I: Royal Martyr
David Hume’s Own Death

Chapter Five: Partying Among the Tombs
Hedonism Among the Ancients
The Renaissance Flowering of Carpe Diem
The Genteel Carpe Diem of Victorian Britain
The Aging of Carpe Diem
Chapter Seven The Art of War
The Heroic Tradition
The Other Side of War
Choosing Sides

Conclusion: Last Words
Appendix: Recommended Reading

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