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Death's door : modern dying and the ways we grieve

Author: Sandra M Gilbert
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Norton paperbackView all editions and formats
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"The most comprehensive multidisciplinary contemplation of mortality we are likely to get."--Thomas Lynch, New York Times Book Review

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra M Gilbert
ISBN: 0393329690 9780393329698
OCLC Number: 164598256
Notes: "First published as a Norton paperback 2007"--Title page verso.
Description: xxv, 580 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Arranging my mourning : five meditations on the psychology of grief --
1. Death opens --
All Souls' Day --
A door opens --
On the threshold --
Voices --
2. Widow --
Phone call --
Keening/kissing --
Plath's etymology --
Sati --
The widower's Exequy --
The widow's lament --
The widow's desire --
Mr. Lowell and the spider --
3. Yahrzeit --
Why is this day different from other days? --
Caring for the dead --
Gravestones --
The buried life --
The buried self --
4. E-mail to the dead --
The hypothetical life --
Purgatories --
Textual resurrections --
Psychic research --
Letters to the virtual world --
Allas the Deeth --
5. Writing wrong --
Keynote --
Weep and write --
THIS is the curse. Write --
You must be wicked to deserve such pain --
A hole in the heart --
Impossible to tell. pt. 2. History makes death : how the twentieth century reshaped dying and mourning --
6. Expiration/termination --
"Modern death" --
"Expiration" vs. "termination" --
Ash Wednesday --
Timor mortis --
Ghosts of heaven --
Nada --
The souls of animals --
7. Technologies of death --
Extermination --
Conditio inhumana --
Annihilation in history --
The great war and the city of death --
Hell on earth --
The German requiem --
8. Technologies of dying --
In the hospital spaceship --
Questions of technology --
The inhospitable hospital --
The doctor's detachment --
What Vivian is bearing --
9. A day in the death of ... --
Chronology no. 1 : recording death --
Chronology no. 2 : death watching --
Chronology no. 3 : home movies --
Chronology no. 4 : flashbulb memories --
The celluloid afterlife --
Death and the camera --
Seeing and believing --
Mortality on display --
Haunting photographs --
10. Millennial mourning --
A prayer flag --
Mourning becomes electronic --
The embarrassment of the comforter --
The shame of the mourner --
Mourning as malarkey --
Ritual offerings --
Monumental particularities. pt. 3. The handbook of heartbreak : contemporary elegy and lamentation --
11. On the beach with Sylvia Plath --
Berck-Plage --
"Berck-Plage" --
This is the sea, then, this great abeyance --
Nobodaddy --
It is given up --
Sylvia Plath and "Sylvia Plath" --
12. Was the nineteenth century different, and luckier? --
The death book stuff --
"Not poetry" --
Whitman, and Mother Death and Father Earth --
Dickinson, and death and the maiden --
Grave, tomb, and battle corpses --
13. "Rats' alley" and the death of pastoral --
The army of the dead --
What was "pastoral"? --
The poetry is in the pity --
Down some profound dull tunnel --
I think we are in rats' alley/where the dead men lost their bones --
The man who does not know this has not understood anything --
14. Monsters of elegy --
Ryoan-ji --
Let the lamp affix its beam --
How to perform a funeral --
Documenting death --
Death studies --
Listening, looking --
Remembering --
Imagining --
Is there no consolation? --
15. Apocalypse now (and then) --
Y2K --
The unspeakable emergency --
Apo-kalypso --
Ground Zero --
Closure?
Responsibility: Sandra M. Gilbert.
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