Drawing on literary and visual texts spanning from the twelfth century to the present, this volume of essays explores what happens when narratives try to push the boundaries of what can be said about death.
"The editors offer a valuable, singular study probing strategies for negotiating the unknowable passage from life to death as depicted in a diverse range of international literary classics. Emphasizing aesthetic devices and philosophical underpinings used by authors of each literary classic chosen, the conception of death as a passage exposes the limits and transformative qualities of death, that ‘uncrossable border.’ This is a major study certain to inspire scholars to pursue further examinations of this most universal of journeys."
-- James Fisher, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
List of Contributors
DANIEL K. JERNIGAN
The Uncrossable Border
1 Photography and First-Person Death: Derrida, Barthes, Poe
2 "This memoryall men may have in mynd": Everyman and the Work of Mourning
3 From Nothing to Never? Facing Death in King Lear
4 "Is there no danger in counterfeiting death?": Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid
DANIEL K. JERNIGAN
5 "She is the God of Calvin, she sees the beginning and the end": Narrating Life and Death in the Fiction of Muriel Spark
JOSEPH H. O’MEALY
6 Talking to the Dead: Narrative Closure and the Political Unconscious in Neil Jordan’s Fiction
7 Samuel Johnson and the Grammar of Death
8 Death and Romance in Sir Orfeo
9 Death and the Maidens: John Banville’s Ekphrastic Storyworlds
10 Blood Meridian, the Sublime, and Aesthetic Narrativizations of Death
W. MICHELLE WANG
11 Murder Amidst the Chocolates: Martin McDonagh’s Multifaceted Uses of Death in In Bruges
WILLIAM C. BOLES
12 The Ruined Voice in Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire
CHERYL JULIA LEE
This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking a comparative approach to literary studies, this series visits the relationship of literature and language alongside a variety of interdisciplinary and transnational topics. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.