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Elegy

1st Edition

By David Kennedy

Routledge

172 pages

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Description

Grief and mourning are generally considered to be private, yet universal instincts. But in a media age of televised funerals and visible bereavement, elegies are increasingly significant and open to public scrutiny. Providing an overview of the history of the term and the different ways in which it is used, David Kennedy:

  • outlines the origins of elegy, and the characteristics of the genre
  • examines the psychology and cultural background underlying works of mourning
  • explores how the modern elegy has evolved, and how it differs from ‘canonical elegy’, also looking at female elegists and feminist readings
  • considers the elegy in the light of writing by theorists such as Jacques Derrida and Catherine Waldby
  • looks at the elegy in contemporary writing, and particularly at how it has emerged and been adapted as a response to terrorist attacks such as 9/11.

Emphasising and explaining the significance of elegy today, this illuminating guide to an emotive literary genre will be of interest to students of literature, media and culture.

Table of Contents

1. Form without frontiers 2. What was elegy? 3. The work of mourning 4. The needs of ghosts: modern elegy 5. Female elegists and feminist readers 6. After mourning: virtual bodies, aporias and the work of dread 7. Elegy diffused, elegy revived

About the Author/Editor

David Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. He is the editor of Necessary Steps: Poetry, Elegy, Walking, Spirit; and publishes widely on contemporary poetry.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT014000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry