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Ambrose Bierce and the dance of death

Author: Sharon Talley
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©2009.
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Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death uses psychoanalytic theory in combination with historical, cultural, and literary contexts to examine the complex motif of death in a full range of Bierce & rsquo;s writings. Scholarly interest in Bierce, whose work has long been undervalued, has grown significantly in recent years. This new book contributes to the ongoing reassessment by providing new contexts for joining the  Read more...
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Talley, Sharon, 1952-
Ambrose Bierce and the dance of death.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2009010600
(OCoLC)317067979
Named Person: Ambrose Bierce; Ambrose Bierce
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Talley
ISBN: 9781572336902 1572336900
OCLC Number: 699513603
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 160 pages)
Contents: Childhood and the fear of death in the Parenticide Club and "Visions of the Night" --
The failed journey to self-understanding in "The death of Halpin Frayser" --
Sacred to death: tales of terror from In the Midst of Life --
Doubling death: seeking the immortal self in stories from Can such things be? --
Courage and cowardice: facing death in Bierce's early Civil War writings --
Death before dishonor: seasoned soldiers and the burden of heroism --
Collateral damage: civilians and the human cost of war --
Seeking death: tales of suicidal war heroes --
Surviving war: "Phantoms of a blood-stained period" and posttraumatic stress disorder --
Bierce's final dance of death.
Responsibility: Sharon Talley.

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Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death uses psychoanalytic theory in combination with historical, cultural, and literary contexts to examine the complex motif of death in a full range of Bierce & rsquo;s writings. Scholarly interest in Bierce, whose work has long been undervalued, has grown significantly in recent years. This new book contributes to the ongoing reassessment by providing new contexts for joining the texts in his canon in meaningful ways. Previous attempts to consider Bierce from a psychological perspective have been superficial, often reductive Freudian readings of individual stor.

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