Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise by Alan Warren FriedmanFictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise by Alan Warren Friedman

Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise

byAlan Warren Friedman

Paperback | January 21, 2008

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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.
Title:Fictional Death and the Modernist EnterpriseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521055679

ISBN - 13:9780521055673

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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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"...an ambititous, intelligent work with a far broader scope than its title suggests. Drawing upon an array of canonical works throughout Western literature as well as a trove of extra-literary materials, Friedman provides a rich and informative context for evaluating the treatement of death, or the absence of treatment, in modernist literature." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920