The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy by Karen WeismanThe Oxford Handbook of the Elegy by Karen Weisman

The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

EditorKaren Weisman

Hardcover | May 8, 2010

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Mourning and memorialization are at the very centre of literary culture. They take on forms deeply resonant of the sundry traditions of poetic elegy even when those elegiac conventions are displaced, concealed, or plainly unintentional. For all of its pervasiveness, however, the "elegy"remains remarkably ill-defined: sometimes used as a catch-all to denominate texts of a somber or pessimistic tone, sometimes as a marker for textual monumentalizing, and sometimes strictly as a sign of a lament for the dead. This Handbook is the single most comprehensive study of its subject. Itprovides both a historical survey and a thematic engagement with the relevant issues in elegy. It is responsive to a pressing need for clarification of the relevant issues, and to the exciting developments currently under way in elegy studies. Such a volume is especially timely, since in recent years there has been a veritable explosion in interest in elegies about AIDS, cancer, and war; various reconsiderations of the role of women in the history of elegiac writing; and readings of elegy in relation to ethics, philosophy and theory, andpolitical structure. With 38 chapters by leading specialists, ranging from Gregory Nagy's reconsideration of Ancient Greek elegy through Stuart Curran's novel engagement with Romantic elegiac hybridity, and on to Elizabeth Helsinger's consideration of elegy and painting, this Handbook offers groundbreaking scholarshipand remarkable historical breadth.
Karen Weisman is Associate Professor of English and Associate of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Imageless Truths: Shelley's Poetic Fictions (University of Pennsylvania Press) and numerous articles and chapters on Romantic and post-Romantic poetry and culture. She is currently completin...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of the ElegyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199228132

ISBN - 13:9780199228133


Table of Contents

Karen Weisman: IntroductionHistory1. Gregory Nagy: Ancient Greek Elegy2. Paul Allen Miller: 'What's Love Got to Do With It?': The Peculiar Story of Elegy in Rome3. Edward L. Greenstein: Lamentation and Lament in the Hebrew Bible4. Michael Roberts: Late Roman Elegy5. Andy Orchard: Not What It Was: The World of Old English Elegy6. Jamie Fumo: The Consolations of Philosophy: Later Medieval Elegy7. William Watterson: Nation and History: The Emergence of the English Pastoral Elegy8. Gordon Braden: Classical Love Elegy in the Renaissance (and After)9. Lorna Clymer: The Funeral Elegy in Early Modern Britain: A Brief History10. Helen Deutsch: Elegies in Country Churchyards: The Prospect Poem In and Around the Eighteenth Century11. Jeffery Hammond: New World Frontiers: The American Puritan Elegy12. Max Cavitch: American Constitutional Elegy13. Stuart Curran: Romantic Elegiac Hybridity14. Timothy Morton: The Dark Ecology of Elegy15. Erik Gray: Victoria Dressed in Black: Poetry in An Elegiac Age16. Vincent Sherry: In the Tense of Decadence: Modernist Elegy and the Great War17. Patricia Rae: 'Between the Bullet and the Lie': British Elegy Between the Wars18. Bonnie Costello: Fresh Woods: Elegy and Ecology Among the Ruins19. Arnold Krupat: 'That the People Might Live': Notes Toward a Study of Native American Elegy20. Sandra Gilbert: Elegies Upon the Dying21. Ross Chambers: Attending to AIDS: Elegy's Rendez-Vous with Testimonial22. Maeera Y. Shreiber: Kaddish: Jewish American Elegy Post -194523. R. Clifton Spargo: The Contemporary Anti-ElegyKnowledge, Theme and Practice24. Lauren Shohet: Women's Elegy: Early Modern25. Anne K. Mellor: 'Anguish No Cessation Knows': Elegy and the British Woman Poet26. Anita Helle: Women's Elegies, 1834 - Present: Female Authorship and the Affective Politics of Grief27. Lisa Schnell: 'Lett me Not Pyne for Poverty': Maternal Elegy in Early Modern England28. Jonathan Goldberg: Between Men: Literary History and the Work of Mourning29. Jonathan Crewe: Elegy in English Drama, 1590-164030. Catherine Burroughs: Post Coitum Triste: Elegiac Sexuality in Drama, 1700-1800,31. Thomas Pfau: Mourning Modernity: Classical Antiquity, Romantic Theory, and Elegiac Form32. Jerrold E. Hogle: Elegy and the Gothic: The Common Grounds33. Paul Coates: Moving Pictures at the Edge of Stasis: Elegy and the Elegiac in Film34. Jahan Ramazani: Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Poetry of Mourning,35. Eric Gidal: Museum Elegies36. Kirk Savage: The War Memorial as Elegy37. Elizabeth Helsinger: Grieving Images: Elegy and the Visual Arts38. Josh Ellenbogen: On Photographic Elegy