Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning by Christian RiegelResponse to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning by Christian Riegel

Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning

EditorChristian RiegelForeword byJonathan Hart

Paperback | February 15, 2005

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Response to Death presents a literary historical perspective on mourning, tracing examples of mourning in literary works from the medieval world to the present day. Contributors offer a chronological examination of the concept of the work of mourning in specific literary and historical contexts, beginning with an exploration of the medieval York Cycle of plays and sixteenth-century French women's lyric, and continuing through the Renaissance with considerations of Shakespeare, the nineteenth century, and into the twentieth century.
Christian Riegel teaches Canadian literature, genre studies, and poetry at Campion College at the University of Regina. He is the editor of Challenging Territory: The Writing of Margaret Laurence and A Sense of Place: Re-evaluating Regionalism in Canadian and American Writing.
Title:Response to Death: The Literary Work of MourningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 inPublished:February 15, 2005Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888644213

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Editorial Reviews

"This volume supplies some interesting essays about mourning in literature. In particular, Stephen Behrendt's contribution, 'Mourning, Myth, and Merchandising: The Public Death of Princess Charlotte,' is a magisterial study of the material culture that served as forum for, and reaction to, the death of Charlotte Augusta during childbirth in 1817.. Heather Dubrow's brief article, 'Mourning Becomes Electric: The Politics of Grief in Shakespeare's Lucrece,' is similarly incisive. Here she argues for the political valence of mourning, a valence that qualifies individual agency even as it can be generative of power and authority. This serves a sharp qualification to the familiar neo-Freudian readings of 'Lucrece,' a move that enables Dubrow to draw connections between the epic's rhetoric of mourning and the discourse of Shakespeare's other texts." Karen Weisman, University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 1, Winter 2007