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Death And Dying

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9780791097991
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Examines death and dying in literary works ranging from the poetry of Emily Dickinson to Elie Wiesel's "Night."
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Taboo

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9781438131054
Genre : Taboo in literature
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Historically, exploration and colonization have been linked in troubling ways. This new volume discussesthe roles of exploration and colonization in Heart of Darkness, The Iliad, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Things Fall Apart, Wide Sargasso Sea, and other literary works. Featuring original essays and excerpts from previously published critical analyses, this addition to the Bloom's Literary Themes series gives students valuable insight into the title's subject theme.
Category: Taboo in literature

Death Representations In Literature

Author : Adriana Teodorescu
ISBN : 9781443872980
Genre : Social Science
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If the academic field of death studies is a prosperous one, there still seems to be a level of mistrust concerning the capacity of literature to provide socially relevant information about death and to help improve the anthropological understanding of how culture is shaped by the human condition of mortality. Furthermore, the relationship between literature and death tends to be trivialized, in the sense that death representations are interpreted in an over-aestheticized manner. As such, this approach has a propensity to consider death in literature to be significant only for literary studies, and gives rise to certain persistent clichés, such as the power of literature to annihilate death. This volume overcomes such stereotypes, and reveals the great potential of literary studies to provide fresh and accurate ways of interrogating death as a steady and unavoidable human reality and as an ever-continuing socio-cultural construction. The volume brings together researchers from various countries – the USA, the UK, France, Poland, New Zealand, Canada, India, Germany, Greece, and Romania – with different academic backgrounds in fields as diverse as literature, art history, social studies, criminology, musicology, and cultural studies, and provides answers to questions such as: What are the features of death representations in certain literary genres? Is it possible to speak of an homogeneous vision of death in the case of some literary movements? How do writers perceive, imagine, and describe their death through their personal diaries, or how do they metabolize the death of the “significant others” through their writings? To what extent does the literary representation of death refer to the extra-fictional, socio-historically constructed “Death”? Is it moral to represent death in children’s literature? What are the differences and similarities between representing death in literature and death representations in other connected fields? Are metaphors and literary representations of death forms of death denial, or, on the contrary, a more insightful way of capturing the meaning of death?
Category: Social Science

The American Dream

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9781438125602
Genre : American Dream in literature
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Provides an examination of the American dream in classic literary works.
Category: American Dream in literature

Rebirth And Renewal

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9780791098059
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Discusses the themes of rebirth and renewal throughout world literature, citing examples from Virgil, Shakespeare, Dante, Dickens, and Chaucer.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Hero S Journey

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 0791098036
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Explores the literary theme of the hero's journey in twenty essays covering works by authors as varied as Virgil and Maxine Hong Kingston.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Death And Dying In Children S And Young People S Literature

Author : Marian S. Pyles
ISBN : UOM:39015019601130
Genre : Reference
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Discusses the portrayal of the deaths of a pet, friend, or relative in children's literature, and examines a child's concept to mortality
Category: Reference

The Grotesque

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9780791098028
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Explores the literary theme of the grotesque in twenty essays exploring works of authors as varied as Aristophanes, Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, and Flannery O'Connor.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

King Lear

Author : William Shakespeare
ISBN : UCSC:32106017050656
Genre : Drama
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Presents essays written from the seventeenth through the early twenty-first centuries that offer an analysis and critique of "King Lear," and includes a summary of the play and excerpts of key passages.
Category: Drama

The Art Of Dying

Author : Deborah Suiter Gentry
ISBN : 082042496X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Although the representation of suicide is commonplace in literature, few studies have explicitly dealt with the meaning of suicide in the works of women writers. The Art of Dying applies theories concerning the division of women literary figures into angels or monsters to representative literary suicides of the nineteenth century, including the suicides of women characters in works by Kate Chopin and Sylvia Plath. The Awakening by Kate Chopin is often misunderstood by critics who read it using the Romantic paradigm. Chopin breaks that paradigm by presenting the suicide of Edna Pontellier as heroic. Suicide is a prevalent motif and theme in two works by Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar and Ariel. An extensive analysis of Plath’s last poem �Edge� portrays the suicide of the speaker as a calm and heroic act in keeping with the tone set by Chopin in The Awakening. The Art of Dying concludes by exploring women’s need for self-actualization within the framework of love, marriage, and motherhood – institutions that have always demanded from women an unnatural and harmful degree of unselfishness. The inherent message in the works of artists such as Chopin and Plath is that women should not have to die in order to live.
Category: Literary Criticism